S2, Ep 1 Sara Pascoe: Sex, Power and the Animal Within
We're back! Welcome to the second series of the Pleasure Podcast. We are thrilled to be kicking off our first episode with multi-award winning comedian, author, actor, documentary maker and fellow podcaster Sara Pascoe. This year her comedy show Lads Lads Lads, had a primetime BBC2 special, and her new BBC2 sitcom has just been announced. It’s on family dynamics, sex and the reason humans behave the way they do, a theme Sara has become master of. Sara’s work is characterised by the studious findings of a ferocious intelligence delivered with warmth and wit, and her latest offering to our bookshelves is no exception. Her first book Animal a partial autobiography mixing feminism, memoir and evolutionary biology. Sex, Power, Money her second non-fiction, is an utterly insightful, funny and sensitive exploration of the way human behaviour and modern masculinity is underpinned by wealth and economics.
We visited Sara and her dog Mouse in her lovely home in London to speak about her new book, which is why you might hear some puppy water slurping and paw pattering.
We talk about Hebephilia, the true meaning of ravishing, the evolutionary perspective on sexual desire, why we socially respect a large penis but don’t choose to have sex with them, the psychology of catcalling and why we lay everything at porn’s door to avoid having educational conversations about sex. We also manage to squeeze in a little about how in researching for her book Sara's perspective on porn and sex work began to evolve. She’s one of the brightest, funniest women I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet. We hope you enjoy being welcomed into the brilliant mind of Sara Pascoe as much as we did.
Sex Power Money is available to buy from all good bookstores and her companion podcast of the same name (a brilliant series of interviews with people we rarely get to hear from) is available from wherever you get your podcasts.
CW: This episode has mentions of rape, sexual violence and suicide.
Naomi Sheldon: @NaomiSheldon1
Anand Patel: @therealdranand
Sara Pascoe: @sarapascoe