Our Sexual History

Our Sexual History


Latest Episodes

#9 | Sex in Irish Pop Culture
September 03, 2017

This month I speak with writer Louise Bruton about Irish pop culture moments that have shaped the way we think about sex here. We also talk about her upcoming Fringe show Why Won’t You Have Sex with Me. Related videos: Boyzone on the Late Late Miley an...

#8 | Online Dating and Communities
July 23, 2017

In this episode of Our Sexual History, myself and tech journalist, Roisin Kiberd discuss how the internet has changed the ways in which we date, form relationships, and find our communities. Here’s a recommended reading list from both myself and Roisin...

#7 | Sex Robots
May 28, 2017

On this month’s episode of Our Sexual History, I have a round table discussion with scientist and comedian Jessamyn Fairfield and fellow HeadStuff podcaster Alison Spittle about sex robots – where they live in our culture,

#6 | Síle Na Gig
April 23, 2017

For the first episode in our second season, I asked comedian Davey Reilly to come talk to us about the Síle Na Gig, arguably Ireland’s sexiest component of ancient architecture.                 P.J. Harvey’s “Sheela Na Gig” Follow Shawna/Sex Siopa on T...

#5 | Sex Laws (Not the Beck song)
February 19, 2017

This month on Our Sexual History, myself and barrister Rory Treanor take a look back at sex laws – in particular laws relating to sodomy, abortion, and consent. Here’s the Mary Robinson tapestry that we talk about in the episode: Myles Jackman,

#4 BONUS | Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment
January 27, 2017

If you thought we were done talking about Syphilis, you were WRONG! Ciaran Conliffe told us this incredible story that we just couldn’t not share with our listeners. Warning: this story contains some really upsetting themes around race and the US doing...

#4 | A Short History of Syphilis
January 22, 2017

This month we have HeadStuff history columnist, Ciaran Conliffe to tell us about how Syphilis has shaped the Western world for the past 500 years. And we play a game called “Who in History has had Syphilis?” Spoiler alert: a LOT of them!

Episode #3 Witches & Saints
December 18, 2016

In this episode myself and writer/witch enthusiast Sarah Griffin talk about the lack of understanding of female sexuality in the 16th & 17th centuries and how that led to witch hunting. We also discuss a woman whose role in the Catholic Church may have...

Episode #2 Sex in Irish Mythology
November 20, 2016

In episode 2 I speak to comedian and tour guide, Teresa Coyne, about all the strange sex, lurid affairs, and questionable marriages in Irish mythology. We also focus on some of her favourite legendary women and the roles they played,

#1 | The History of Leathermen
October 16, 2016

In our first episode I speak to Dr. Conor Vaughan Buggy, UCD lecturer and Irish contestant for the 2016 International Mister Leather competition. We discuss the history of the gay men’s leather scene from it’s post WWII American roots all the way to le...