The Clitoris and the Art of Female Pleasure with Sarah Chadwick

Tag along into the world of women’s rights and equality – where we’ve made strides but still have work to do, especially when it comes to women’s bodies.

In this episode of “Sexuality and Identity,” host Shireen Ashton talks with Sarah Chadwick, author of “The Sweetness of Venus: A History of the Clitoris,” to uncover the less discussed aspects of female pleasure and self-pleasure. Mainstream media often sidesteps these topics, leaving people to turn to pornography or movie scenes.

Even today, female sexuality, desire, and agency face criticism. Throughout history, women and their sexuality have been repressed, leading to violence and slut-shaming. These attitudes have become ingrained in our culture, affecting how we view the female body and pleasure. The norm has always been to prioritise the male gaze and pleasure.

Accurate sex education in schools is crucial. We need to eliminate the stigma, provide information, and emphasise consent. But things are changing. Everyone, regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation, deserves to enjoy their body. Let’s challenge the norms and break free from societal expectations.

Join us in this podcast to break free from outdated norms and embrace a more inclusive and understanding perspective on female pleasure.

Produced by Global Indian Series for the Global Indian Network.
Script by Rajan Nazran
original idea: Rajan Nazran

Introduction music: (Sound Title) – by Steven F Allen

About Sarah Chadwick

Sarah Chadwick is a therapist in training. She is also a researcher, writer, educator, communicator and problem solver.

Sarah Chadwick’s award-winning first book, The Sweetness of Venus: A History of the Clitoris, is a timely exploration of the history of female sexuality. Her distinctive voice, which mixes rigour with humour in an engaging, accessible tone, is the product of her love of reading, research, problem-solving, libraries, high and low culture and writing. Her compassionate voice moves easily between academic research and anecdote, bringing the reader a gem of a book that ranges widely and always entertains. 

Sarah studied at Durham University, The University of London and Warwick University and is currently a guest researcher at Loyola University. She also runs the Instagram page @its.personalgirls.

She has four children and travels between Cornwall and Chicago. 

2021/22 Book Awards: IPPY Gold Medal, Women’s Issues;

IPA Distinguished Favorite, Women’s Issues;

CWA, Indy Non-Fiction, Runner Up.

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