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* This podcast is not providing medical advice. Anyone with questions should seek advice from their medical provider.

This podcast is, however, providing historical advice.

Episode Notes

"Am I a sexual, or 
do I have a sexual

January 2023
S2E1 - Am I Asexual, or Do I Have a Sexual Dysfunction?This is Probably A Really Weird Question...
00:00 / 25:55

Historical Sources:

Irvine, Janice M. Disorders of Desire: Sexuality and Gender in Modern American Sexology. Rev. and Expanded ed. (Temple University Press, 2005).

Paris, Leslie. “The Sexual Clock: Middle-Aged American Women and Sexual Vitality in the 1960s and 1970s.” Journal of Social History 53, no. 4 (2020): 922–38

Waters, Michael. “Finding Asexuality in the Archives,”, March 6, 2020.


News and General Information:

2020 Ace Community Survey:

Altman, Anna. “Why Asexuals Don’t Want to be Invisible Anymore,” New York Times, 9/24/2014.

Asexual Visibility and Education Network (AVEN)

Chen, Angela. Ace: What Asexuality Reveals about Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex (Beacon Press, 2020).


Medical / Scientific Sources:

Bogaert, Anthony F. “Asexuality; Prevalence and Associated Factors in a National Probability Sample,” Journal of Sex Research (Aug. 2004)

Bogaert. “Toward a Conceptual Understanding of Asexuality,” Review of General Psychology 10, no. 3 (Sept. 2006): 241-50.

Brotto LA, Yule MA, Gorzalka BB. Asexuality: an extreme variant of sexual desire disorder? J Sex Med. 2015 Mar;12(3):646-60. doi: 10.1111/jsm.12806. Epub 2014 Dec 24. PMID: 25545124.

Jones C, Hayter M, Jomeen J. Understanding asexual identity as a means to facilitate culturally competent care: A systematic literature review. J Clin Nurs. 2017 Dec;26(23-24):3811-3831. doi: 10.1111/jocn.13862. Epub 2017 Jun 28. PMID: 28430404.

"Am I intersex?"
With Elizabeth Reis

February 2023
S2E2 - Am I Intersex? With Elizabeth ReisThis is Probably A Really Weird Question...
00:00 / 25:55


Elizabeth Reis, Bodies in Doubt: An American History of Intersex (John Hopkins Univ. Press, updated edition 2021)

Georgiann Davis, Contesting Intersex: The Dubious Diagnosis (NYU Press, 2015)

Katrina Karkazis, Fixing Sex: Intersex, Medical Authority, and Lived Experience (Duke Univ. Press, 2008)

Hida Viliora, Born Both: An Intersex Life (Hatchette Books, 2017)

Kimberly Zieselman, XOXY: A Memoir (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2020)

Anne Fausto-Sterling, Sexing the Body: Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality, 2nd ed.

Stephanie Lohman and Eric Lohman, Raising Rosie: Our Story of Parenting an Intersex Child (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2018)

Sharon Preves, Intersex and Identity: The Contested Self (Rutgers Univ. Press, 2003)



Hans Lindahl (

Pidgeon Pagonis (

Sean Saifa Wall on YouTube: and (

"what's that

March 2023
S2E3- What's That Smell...This is Probably A Really Weird Question...
00:00 / 25:55

Medical References

Egan ME, Lipsky MS. Diagnosis of vaginitis. Am Fam Physician. 2000 Sep 1;62(5):1095-104. PMID: 10997533.

del Mármol, J., Yedlin, M.A. & Ruta, V. The structural basis of odorant recognition in insect olfactory receptors. Nature 597, 126–131 (2021).

Dr. Jen Gunter’s blog

Historical References

Farmer, Ashley D. Remaking Black Power: How Black Women Transformed an Era. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2017.

Kettler, Andrew. “Race, Nose, Truth: Dystopian Odours of the Other in American Antebellum Consciousness.” Patterns of Prejudice 55, no. 1 (2021): 1–24. doi:10.1080/0031322X.2021.1898811

Lydia E. Pinkham Medicine Company. [Lydia E Pinkham's Vegetable Compound and other remedies]. [Ephemera]. 11779.F. Available through: Adam Matthew, Marlborough. Popular Medicine in America, 1800-1900, [Accessed January 31, 2023]. C. 1876

Reinarz, Jonathan. Past Scents: Historical Perspectives on Smell. Urbana, Il: University of Illinois Press, 2014.

"can anyone tell
if i'm a virgin?"

april 2023
S2E4- Can Anyone Tell If I'm A Virgin?This is Probably A Really Weird Question...
00:00 / 25:55

Huge shout out to Mercury Stardust (, Jory (@alluringskull), and Point of Pride ( who raised over $2 MILLION during a 30hr live stream / Tik-Tok-A-Thon to support gender-affirming care at the end of March!

Historical Sources

  • Blank, Hanne. Virgin: The Untouched History. Bloomsbury Press, 2007.

  • Moslener, Sara. Virgin Nation: Sexual Purity and American Adolescence. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015.

  • Reinarz, Jonathan. Past Scents: Historical Perspectives on Smell. University of Illinois Press, 2014.

  • Rodriguez, Sara. "Restoring 'Virginal Conditions' and Reinstating the 'Normal': Episiotomy in 1920," in Heterosexual Histories, Rebecca Davis and Michele Mitchell, eds. (New York University Press, 2021), 303-330.


Medical References

Episode Notes

Episode One:
"Are you 
sexually active?"

June 2022
Episode 1: "Are You Sexually Active?"This is Probably A Really Weird Question...
00:00 / 25:55

Historical Sources:


Drucker, Donna J. The Classification of Sex: Alfred Kinsey and the Organization of Knowledge. Pittsburgh, Pa.: University 

    of Pittsburgh Press, 2014.

Gathorne-Hardy, Jonathan. Sex the Measure of All Things: A Life of Alfred C. Kinsey. Bloomington: Indiana University   

    Press, 2000.

Gebhard, Paul H, Alan B Johnson, Alfred C Kinsey, and Institute for Sex Research. The Kinsey Data: Marginal Tabulations 

    of the 1938-1963 Interviews Conducted by the Institute for Sex Research. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1998.

Kinsey, Alfred C, Wardell B Pomeroy, and Clyde E Martin. Sexual Behavior in the Human Male. Bloomington, Ind.:           

    Indiana University Press, 1998 [1948].

Kinsey, Alfred C, and Institute for Sex Research. Sexual Behavior in the Human Female. Bloomington, Ind.: Indiana

    University Press, 1998 [1953].

Meystre-Agustoni, G. Talking about sexuality with the physician: are patients receiving what they wish?  Swiss Med Wkly.


Stoeckle JD, Billings JA. A history of history-taking: the medical interview. J Gen Intern Med. 1987;2:119–27.

Episode Two:
"How do I know
if I'm trans?"

July 2022
Episode 2 "How Do I Know If I'm Trans?"This Is Probably A Really Weird Question...
00:00 / 25:05

Health related links:


Historical sources:

Peter Boag, Re-Dressing the America’s Frontier Past (University of California Press, 2011)

Brittany Cooper, Beyond Respectability: The Intellectual Thought of Race Women (University of Illinois Press, 2017)

Scott Larson, “‘Indescribable Being’: Theological Performances of Genderlessness in the Society of the Publick Universal       Friend, 1776–1819.” Early American Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 12, no. 3 (2014): 576–600.

Jen Manion, Female Husbands: A Trans History (Cambridge, 2020)

Joanne Meyerowitz, How Sex Changed: A History of Transsexuality in the United States (2002)

Rosalind Rosenberg, Jane Crow: The Life of Pauli Murray (Oxford University Press, 2020)

Emily Skimore, True Sex: The Lives of Trans Men at the Turn of the Twentieth Century (NYU Press, 2017)

Susan Stryker, Transgender History: The Roots of Today’s Revolution (Basic Books, 2017)

Episode Three:
"How do I know
if I'm trans?"
Part 2

August 2022
Episode 3 "How Do I Know If I'm Trans?" Part 2This Is Probably A Really Weird Question
00:00 / 25:25

Health related links:


Historical sources:

Meyerowitz, Joanne J. How Sex Changed: A History of Transsexuality. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press,                  2002.
Stryker, Susan. Transgender History: The Roots of Today’s Revolution. New York: Seal Press, 2017.

Episode four:
"can i get
pregnant if..."

September 2022
Episode 4 "Can I Get Pregnant If..."This Is Probably A Really Weird Question
00:00 / 25:25

Health related links:

Historical sources:


Brodie, Janet Farrell. Contraception and Abortion in 19th-Century America. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1994.


Cobb, M. “An Amazing 10 Years: The Discovery of Egg and Sperm in the 17th Century.” Reproduction in Domestic 

     Animals 47, no. 4: 2–6.


Horowitz, Maryanne Cline. “The ‘Science’ of Embryology Before the Discovery of the Ovum.” In Connecting Spheres:

     European Women in a Globalizing World, 1500 to the Present, edited by 


Marilyn J. Boxer and Jean H. Quataert, 2nd ed., 104–12. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.


Martin, Emily. “The Egg and the Sperm: How Science Has Constructed a Romance Based on Stereotypical Male-Female

     Roles.” Signs 16, no. 3 (1991): 485–501.

Episode five:
"is the turkey baster
thing real ..."

October 2022
Episode 5: Is the Turkey Baster Thing Real...This Is Probably A Really Weird Question
00:00 / 25:25
Episode five:
"is the turkey baster
thing real ..."

October 2022

Health related links:

The Longest Shortest Time Episode 153:

Lambda Legal:

Williams Institute:

Family Equality (2019) LGBTQ Family Building Survey. 

Carone, N., Gartrell, N.K., Rothblum, E.D., Koh, A.S., & Bos, H.M.W. (2021) The Stability of Psychological Adjustment Among Donor-conceived Offspring in the U.S. National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study from Childhood to Adulthood: Differences by Donor Type, Fertility and Sterility, 115(5), 1302–1311.

National Survey of Children’s Health: 


Stephanie Berman:

“Turkey-Baster Baby”: 


Historical sources:


Daniels, Cynthia R, and Janet Golden. "Procreative Compounds: Popular Eugenics, Artificial Insemination and

     the Rise of the American Sperm Banking Industry." Journal of Social History 38, no. 1 (2004): 5-27.


May, Elaine Tyler. Barren in the Promised Land: Childless Americans and the Pursuit of Happiness. New York:

     BasicBooks, 1995.

“‘Proxy Baby,” News- week 55 (May 30, 1960): 80–81.

Richards, Martin. “Artificial Insemination and Eugenics: Celibate Motherhood, Eutelegenesis and Germinal

     Choice.”Studies in History & Philosophy of Biological & Biomedical Sciences 39, no. 2 (June 2008): 211–21.

Tallon-Hicks, Yana. “Starter Kit: Baby-making just got intimate.” Deneuve: the Lesbian Magazine (April 2013), 15. 

“Test-Tube Test Case.” Time 64 (December 27, 1954): 52.

“Use of artificial insemination increasing” (AP), The News Tribune (Tacoma, Was.), December 5, 1978, p. 11.

Episode six:
"this is because i''m

December 2022
Episode 6: "This Is Because I'm Fat, Right?"This Is Probably A Really Weird Question
00:00 / 25:25

Health-Related Links:

7 Ways to Uproot Your Anti-Fat Bias by Aubrey Gordon 

Tomiyama, A., Carr, D., Granberg, E. et al. How and why weight stigma drives the obesity ‘epidemic’ and harms

     health. BMC Med 16, 123 (2018).

Phelan SM, Burgess DJ, Puhl RM, et al. The adverse effect of weight stigma on the well-being of medical

     students with overweight or obesity: findings from a national survey. J Gen Intern Med. 2015;30(9):1251–8.


First Do No Harm: Stories of fat prejudice in healthcare


When Doctors Body Shame Their Patients – It’s a fricking Cosmo article, but the anecdotes are powerful. 


Haqq AM, Kebbe M, Tan Q, Manco M, Salas XR. Complexity and Stigma of Pediatric Obesity. Child Obes. 2021

    Jun;17(4):229-240. doi: 10.1089/chi.2021.0003. Epub 2021 Mar 29. PMID: 33780639; PMCID: PMC8147499.


Incollingo Rodriguez, A.C., Smieszek, S.M., Nippert, K.E. et al. Pregnant and postpartum women’s experiences of

     weight stigma in healthcare. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 20, 499 (2020).



Ives GC, Fein LA, Finch L, Sluiter EC, Lane M, Kuzon WM, Salgado CJ. Evaluation of BMI as a Risk Factor for

     Complications following Gender-affirming Penile Inversion Vaginoplasty. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2019

     Mar 13;7(3):e2097. doi: 10.1097/GOX.0000000000002097. PMID: 31044103; PMCID: PMC6467628.


Maintenance Phase Podcast Episode on the BMI:


Historical Sources:


Altman, Claire E., Jennifer Van Hook, and Jonathan Gonzalez. “Becoming Overweight without Gaining a Pound:

     Weight Evaluations and the Social Integration of Mexicans in the United States.” International Migration

     Review 51, no. 1 (Spring 2017): 3–36.

Parr, Jessica M. “Obesity and the Emergence of Mutual Aid Groups for Weight Loss in the Post-War United

     States.” Social History of Medicine 27, no. 4 (2014): 768–88.

Rasmussen, Nicolas. “Downsizing Obesity: On Ancel Keys, the Origins of BMI, and the Neglect of Excess Weight

     as a Health Hazard in the United States from the 1950s to 1970s.” Journal of the History of the Behavioral

     Sciences 55, no. 4 (October 2019): 299–318.

Strings, Sabrina. Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia. New York: New York University Press,



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