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53 minutes | May 6, 2021
Episode 28: 'Another Country', Because Remember Travel?
M3ssalina starts off with a very important (and very bittersweet) announcement. Then we dive in to Baldwin's story of sordid New York streets, webs of lust, hate, and trauma, giving us the many faces of the prolific author and his constant internal and external struggles. Our theme music is "Wireless" by Lee Rosevere. Support Lee on Bandcamp!
46 minutes | Apr 1, 2021
Episode 27: The Stars and the Blackness Between Them
M3ss DNFs, but not for the reasons you think. Listen to her fly solo and talk about the rich characters and story from Junauda Petrus-Nash's first novel. Thank you so much for bearing with us the last two episodes. We've solved our sound quality issues! Next episode should sound a lot better. Our theme is "Wireless" by Lee Rosevere. Support the artist on Bandcamp
46 minutes | Mar 1, 2021
Episode 26: The Body Is Not an Apology
"When you are too skinny, you are seen as unhealthy, but not as a burden. When you are fat, you are seen as unhealthy, lazy, and responsible for society's ills. It's not equal. It's like your fatness does not belong to you." M3ssalina flies solo and gives us the rundown on Sonya Renee Taylor's book, The Body Is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self Love. (Sorry for the poor audio on these next few episodes! We've uncovered the problem and will be correcting it. Thank you for your support and understanding.) Our intro music is "Wireless" by Lee Rosevere. Support Lee on Bandcamp! Reading Kinky on Instagram M3ssalina on Instagram
55 minutes | Jan 12, 2021
Episode 25: Goodbye 2020 (We Won't Miss You)
"In all seriousness, this is as close to a ramble as you'll ever get from me." - M3ssalina M3ssalina flies solo in this episode, discussing our "Winners and Losers" for the Lego-On-The-Stairs that was 2020. Thank you to everyone who has supported us, let's make 2021 better than where we've been.
38 minutes | Nov 3, 2020
Speculum Surfing Is The Next Illusionist Frontier
The second of our post-Halloween Podcast Double Feature! A lovely ramble, if you think gyno visits are lovely. We don’t. Listen anyway. Our guest blog is live on Flixi! Check it out! Thank you to Flixi for the opportunity and the support. **Editor's note: The audio on these two episodes has a little weirdness to it. We're sorry about that, working on figuring it out. Thanks for understanding!
51 minutes | Nov 3, 2020
“Pleasure Activism”: Nervous Flirting Mating Dances
Adrienne Maree Brown’s work can be dense, sensual, and helpful...but the threshold of access may be a little high. We unpack this month’s reading, some self-care coming at a time when our collective anxieties are reaching a zenith. Thank you for supporting us this far, and take care!
64 minutes | Oct 2, 2020
Episode 22: Go Read "Luster" Before HBO Adapts It
An extra-long episode, because it's Spooky Season! We read Raven Leilani's latest book, talk about what makes a hero vs. a "protagonist" in a kinky novel, and how this work speaks to young womxn in BDSM. Thank you so much for listening to our show. Lots of exciting things we have coming up! Follow us on Instagram: Reading Kinky m3ssalina phoenixreads
34 minutes | Sep 21, 2020
Episode 21: The Jean/Cyclops/Wolverine Triad Is Now Canon
Jean Grey, Logan, and Fuckboi Summers are officially polyamorous, and we have thoughts. Plus: Updates on our projects and goings-on, the 2020-21 Book List is out and available on our Instagram, and oh hai M3ssalina’s mom!
27 minutes | Sep 18, 2020
Episode 20: Interview with Purrrl Van Dammit
M3ssalina sits down with burlesque belle Purrrl Van Dammit as they talk tokenism in burlesque, performing in the South, her role in the Hulu series “Reprisal”, and Black creativity. Follow Purrrl: Purrrl Van Dammit (Instagram) Purrrl Van Dammit (YouTube) See Purrrl on Hulu's Reprisal - Show homepage
49 minutes | Aug 24, 2020
Episode 19: “Big Me”? More Like “Big Mess”
Sometimes, Phoenix and M3ssalina read things so you don’t have to. That’s our way of being good Bigs. This month we read Penny Berry’s “Big Me, Little Me” and tried our best not to get nauseous. Did it work? Let’s find out.
19 minutes | Jul 13, 2020
RK Field Stories: Gutsy's "100%"; Womanizer Starlet review
In today's socially-distant field story, we hear from erotic comic artist Gutsy about her genre-bending, sci-fi BDSM FemDom series, "100%". Also, M3ssalina reviews the Womanizer Starlet clitoral stimulator. You can support Gutsy here: Twitter 100% on Filthy Figments Gutsy's Patreon Also check out an article about Alfie, another BDSM comic highly recommended by Gutsy! We thank her so much for joining us on RK. The Womanizer Starlet 2 (It's the same product we review here, it's just the product's second go-around.) Thank you to everyone who is out there following, sharing and supporting our show! Don't forget to follow us on Instagram: @ReadingKinky @PhoenixReads @M3ssalina The music for this episode is "Wireless" by Lee Rosevere and "Time Passing" by Purple Planet Music. If you like it, support the artists! Lee Rosevere's Bandcamp Purple Planet Music
39 minutes | Jun 18, 2020
Episode 18: Strategies for Polyamory during quarantine
We discuss some helpful practices for maintaining healthy relationships during this difficult time in the world. Thank you so much for your support, stay safe! Risk Aware Consensual Kink - Wikipedia From XCBDSM: Knowing Your Limits: Risk Profiles
43 minutes | Jun 2, 2020
Episode 17: Love's Not Colorblind
We review Kevin Patterson's "Love's Not Colorblind", a timely book about the intersectionality of polyamory and race. Thank you so much for supporting us. Stay safe out there, we love you. Reading Kinky M3ssalina PhoenixReads Our theme is "Wireless" by Lee Rosevere. Support this artist! Lee Rosevere on Bandcamp
8 minutes | Jun 2, 2020
RK Reacts: M3ssalina Responds to Police Brutality and Murder in America
No caption needed. Black lives matter. End police violence.
37 minutes | May 12, 2020
The Best of Reading Kinky, Vol. 1
Thank you so much for supporting us. Stay safe, we love you. Reading Kinky M3ssalina PhoenixReads Our theme is "Wireless" by Lee Rosevere. Support this artist! Lee Rosevere on Bandcamp
122 minutes | Apr 5, 2020
Episode 16: The Masturbation Episode
We hope you stay safe, wherever you are! We love you! The special (two-hour!) Masturbation Episode, wherein Phoenix and M3ss talk about self-pleasure, RealDolls, the Tech Bro Gaze, and M3ssalina's "reputation" as a Masturbation Connoisseur. And about sex toys. Lots, and lots, and lots, of sex toys. Links: Forbes: SexTech Was On The CES Show Floor and We Are All Better For It And the real stars of the show, the toys: TENGA - Official US Store (makers of the Iroha Sakura and the TENGA Egg stroker) The Crave Vesper The VeDO CalExotics California Dreamin' Vibrator (on Spectrum Boutique, check them out) The Wild Flower Enby And other things we discussed: RealDoll Official Website (NSFW, obviously) I Didn't Know It Was a Thing Segment: Yandy.com Vibrating Lingerie For more information on sex tech, vibrators, etc., ping us on IG: @ReadingKinky @PhoenixReads @M3ssalina Our theme is "Wireless" by Lee Rosevere, used through the Creative Commons licensing agreement. Check out more of Lee's music here
19 minutes | Mar 10, 2020
RK Field Stories: Interview with Lux Valentina
And now for something completely different. Hi there, it's been a while since we've updated, but we are NOT dead. RK Inc. is definitely going through some changes and renovations, but we are still here, and bringing you some fresh new-new that we've been working on for a few months. It's taking a while for things to get back to our normal (What is that, anyway?) and we appreciate each and every one of you for sticking with us. RK: Field Stories is an effort by M3ss to bring you some insights into the behind-the-scenes of the play parties and fetish nights we all love so much. Let her know if you are into this stuff, either on her Instagram, or you can email us at readingkinky AT gmail.com and send your feedback that way. This first of Field Stories is an interview with Lux Valentina--local burlesque performer and organizer of Spice, one of Raleigh's most popular and longest-running fetish events. M3ssalina sat down with Lux to talk about the beginnings of Spice, how it's grown over time, the logistical and legal challenges of running a fetish event, and glimpses into what makes the event so special. Note: This piece should be considered an opinion-editorial work. The views expressed in this interview are not indicative of any endorsement by Reading Kinky or its organizers. Enjoy! Music: "Phase 2" - Xylo Ziko Our theme is "Wireless" by Lee Rosevere. Support the artists! Nul Tiel Records Lee Rosevere Music
100 minutes | Nov 26, 2019
"That's So Hymen", Now Streaming on Disney Plus
We get into our Book of the Month, "Sissy" by Jacob Tobia. M3ss wants to move her life into the spam folder. Phoenix drinks in tribute to the Old Gods of Mimosa. Yes, we talk about T.I. Briefly. We also tease our Masturbation Episode. I Didn't Know It Was A Thing segment: hysterical literature (NSFW, obvi) Sponsors: DARK Newsletter - Sign up today for free! Also, support them on Patreon. They are doing God's work. Shades App - Download the app on iOS (Full disclosure: M3ssalina is a creative contributor to Shades, and receives compensation for her work.) Our theme music is "Wireless" by Lee Rosevere. Support their work!
84 minutes | Oct 21, 2019
Your Kink Mileage May Vary, Try Sexercise
We discuss topics covered in "Playing Well With Others", and talk about feeling fatigue in the local scene. Our theme is "Wireless" by Lee Rosevere. Check out more of Lee's music: Music by Lee Rosevere (Couldn't find the links for our "I Didn't Know It Was a Thing" segment, sorry everyone!) Follow us on Instagram! ReadingKinky PhoenixReads M3ssalina Oh, and please give us a rating and review, wherever you are listening. It helps people find out about us. Thank you!
105 minutes | Sep 16, 2019
The Love Political Party Has No Space for Clit Glitter
It's good to be back, lovelies!!! M3ss and Phoenix get real vulnerable with their family histories as it pertains to healthy (and unhealthy) love and affection, as we look back on bell hooks's "All about love: New visions". M3ssalina's Monthly (Review): Dipsea vs. Quinn I Didn't Know It Was a Thing Segment: My Clitter(TM) Bath Bomb Our theme is "Wireless" by Lee Rosevere. Support the artist here! Thank you for supporting us, we love you!!!
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