Come As You Are

Mariana Feijó

Mariana Feijó

If you know me, you know I love sex! I love having it, reading about it, watching it and as it turns out, I also love hearing about it!

In her new podcast, Come As You Are, award-winning comedian Helen Duff talks to “brilliantly open, hilariously insightful women and non-binary” guests about orgasms, and all the things that surround them.

In the first three episodes, Helen chats with Desiree Burch, Jodie Mitchell and Karen Hobbs, all comedians who have been through the Funny Women Awards. They go deep into conversations about sex work, fatphobia, homophobia, perceived gender and cancer, and how those things influenced their individual sexual experiences, desires and pleasure.

As a self-confessed sex nerd, I am still surprised about how different each person’s relationship with and experience of sex and pleasure is, and am fascinated by it every time. We’re always learning about the world and ourselves, and listening to other people talk about their own experiences of self-discovery, is a great way to go about it and not make it feel like school. 

The already engrossing theme of the podcast is further enhanced by how charming Helen Duff is, how at ease the guests are talking about what may be some of the most intimate subjects, and how that makes for some very captivating conversations.

On top of it all, you will also be able to enjoy some delightfully silly musical interludes written and performed by the host.

Helen Duff believes “the more openly we discuss the different ways women and non-binary folk experience orgasm, the better equipped we’ll be to communicate, on every level.” and I agree with her wholeheartedly. I’m all for having open conversations about sex, cause we’d probably be having way more pleasure if that was the case. Come As You Are is a great point of departure, and a good excuse to start conversations with your friends.

Come As You Are premiered on 12th January and has a new episode every Tuesday. You can find out more about it and where to listen here.

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