The Pleasure Podcast
S2, Ep 6 Kate Lister: A Curious History of Sex
This week on the Pleasure Podcast we welcome an expert in all things historically sexual. It’s the incredible award-winning historian, lecturer, and author Dr Kate Lister. However you might know her best as the mind behind Twitter’s very own behemoth Whores of Yore.
Kate is a lecturer and researcher in the literary history of sex work at Leeds Trinity University and she regularly writes for inews, Vice, and the Wellcome Trust. Kate has also graced our screens, most notably giving historical context to our sexual desires in Channel 5s My Secret Sex Fantasy (which is where we first met!).
The research behind Whores of Yore, a wildly popular historical archive of sexuality and sex work, has culminated in Kate’s book, ‘A Curious History of Sex’. This whistle stop tour through sexual history covers immense ground including the etymology of cunt, the control of women’s desire, the history of same sex relationships, pubic hair, monkey testicle transplants, sex robots and incredibly much much more.
We speak to Kate about this erudite, funny and at times very shocking book – it’s a broad and genre defying conversation running the gamut from Ancient Greece to The Rock via Noel Edmonds House Party. It’s the naughty history lesson we didn’t receive in school, but wish we had.
Naomi Sheldon @NaomiSheldon1
Anand Patel @therealdranand