The History of Sex

We explode gender norms by exploring their incredible variety across time.

Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 27m. Bisher sind 45 Folge(n) erschienen. Dieser Podcast erscheint wöchentlich

episode 45: The History of Tomboys, Feat. Lisa Selin Davis - Interview, Western History

When her six-year-old daughter first called herself a “tomboy”, Lisa Selin Davis had to ask herself what that word meant. Davis launched a deep exploration of gender and gender nonconformity, and discovered the tomboy label is both empowering for some an...



episode 44: Toxic Masculinity and Masks in the Age of COVID-19

If you were in doubt about whether masculinity can be toxic, well, it’s plenty clear now. Numerous studies have shown that men are far less likely to wear masks than women. This masculine behavior is literally toxic. Or... biohazardous? Anyway...Why are...


 2020-08-31  26m

episode 43: Ancient Greek Pederasty, Feat. The History of Ancient Greece - Showcase, Greek History

Ancient Greece – there’s hardly a more revered civilization in Western history, yet it’s also notorious, particularly for a little thing called pederasty: institutionalized love between an older man and a much younger man. But what was pederasty really l...


 2020-08-03  1h24m

episode 42: Was Queen Elizabeth Actually a Man? Feat. Our Fake History - Showcase, British History

What if Queen Elizabeth had been a man? We dive into this bizarre idea in today’s showcase episode, courtesy of Sebastian Major of Our Fake History.Our Fake History is a podcast that explores myths people think are history and history that might be hidd...


 2020-06-29  31m

episode 41: Report from Minneapolis: Making Sense of the Riots Over George Floyd's Death

My city is on fire today. This is day four of the riots in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis Police. And everyone around me is saying, “I’m angry too, but why destroy your own community? It doesn’t make sense.”But is there another w...


 2020-05-30  11m

episode 40: The First Bisexual Erasure? Sex in the Third Reich - Short Shorts, German History

Why didn't the Nazis make an exception for bisexuals? They could have helped raise the birth rate as much as anyone else, yet they were persecuted alongside homosexuals without distinction. Was this an early form of bisexual erasure? And what is bisexual...


 2020-05-25  26m

episode 39: Wolves in Women's Clothing? Cross-dressing in the German Army: Sex in the Third Reich - Short Shorts, German History

Pages upon pages of photos of Nazi soldiers... in drag - that's what's in Martin Dammann's book Soldier Studies: Cross-dressing in der Wermacht. Were the Nazis more diverse than we ever thought? Or is there something more insidious lurking here? Today we...


 2020-05-18  23m

episode 38: Is Lesbian Sex "Real" Sex? Sex in the Third Reich - Short Shorts, German History

Of course lesbian sex is "real" sex! Why wouldn't it be? Yet the rabidly homophobic Nazis declined to prosecute lesbian sodomy charges, apparently on the grounds that it wasn't. Moreover, most of Western history agreed: without penetration, lesbian sex w...


 2020-05-11  27m

episode 37: Were There Gays in the Nazi Ranks? Sex in the Third Reich - Deep Dive, German History

Were there really gays in the Nazi party, even though they sent thousands of homosexuals to concentration camps or worse? Yes. In fact, Ernst Röhm, the second most powerful man in the party in the early years, was gay - and a close friend of Hitler's. Ho...


 2020-05-04  53m

episode 36: How Aztecs Make Babies - Short Shorts, Mexican History

What if you got the birds and the bees talk from Aztec parents? How different would it be? Answer: quite different indeed. Among the other things needed to make a baby besides "loving each other very much", are ritual, sacrifice, and sweeping. How does t...


 2020-04-27  24m