By Adam Maurer, LPC, LMFT
I always know when that new year begins because my gym fills with people, folks who have resolved that this year will be the year that they workout. And though I hope they reach their fitness goals, a part of me is bummed because I know my usual gym routine will be slowed way down. So, instead of getting frustrated with long waits for equipment, I decided that I could use that extended time at the gym to listen to podcasts. If you’re looking to expand your knowledge of love, sex, and relationships while you wait for your machine (or in endless Austin traffic) then give these ones a listen.
This sex-positive podcast does a phenomenal job of mixing the perspectives of experts in different fields with the narratives of people who experienced events firsthand. The editing is wonderful, and the podcast is amazingly informative. I thoroughly enjoyed the episode “Touch Me! I’m Yours!” It explores how evangelical women in the United States created their own guide to marriage as a response to the free love movement and women’s rights movement of the 60’s and 70’s.
Where Should We Begin
Esther Perel, famed therapist, and author of “Mating in Captivity” and “The State of Affairs” has the most incredible podcast for anyone interested in relationships. She uses audio from sessions with clients to explore and explain the complexities of human connection. As a relationship expert, I can tell you that the podcast is like free therapy, find it and love it!
The Science of Sex
Dr. Zhana Vrangalova, Ph.D. is the beautiful, sex-positive mind behind The Casual Sex Project where she archives people’s’ stories about casual sex and hooking up. Her podcast explores all areas of sexuality; from kinks and fetishes to sexting, being out and sex toys. There is always great insights from this top sex researcher.
Q Marriage Mentors
Jeff Lutes, LPC is an established relationship expert from right here in Austin. He invites LGBTQ+ couples to come onto his podcast and discuss how they met; how they manage the ups and downs of loving others. Now, to be fair, I know Jeff personally and he is an amazing human; he also had my husband and me on as guests. We talked about being more than monogamous, which you can listen to our episode, “Karaoke, The Golden Girls, & Radical Authenticity.” Learn about all the ways there are to love.
These interesting podcasts are a great way to start off the new year for your relationship and make the most of your time spent waiting. If you would like some additional resources regarding sex, you can read The Benefits of Getting Kinky and Why Sexting is Good for Relationships. If you’re looking to have some changes in 2019 therapy is a great place to start! It’s a safe, encouraging environment to explore how you can achieve your goals in life. Contact us today for a counseling appointment and we can pair you up with clinical who’d be a great fit or learn more about our marriage counseling services.