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Figure 3.8 Enter if you are over 18 screen shot from Violet Blue's website.

On one end of the podcasting spectrum there are the Godcasts, and on the other end is audio erotica or sex casts. The beauty of podcasting is that if either one of these groups offends someone, that person has the choice to simply not subscribe. Podcasting is a pull technology that is not censored by anyone. So frank and candid discussions that are often needed with subjects revolving around sex are openly embraced with podcasting.

As with most genres in podcasting, the variety of offerings is very diverse, with some sex podcasts bordering on comical (although they may not have intended for that to be the case) and others that are nothing more than a marketing tool to shill a book. But there are also some very well produced and thought out shows, such as those listed in Table 3.14, that have managed to capture their audience's attention and loyalty. Each of these shows approaches sex from a slightly different perspective. Some emphasize the sexuality of the host(s), others try to educate about sex, and others use erotica to stimulate their audience or do some combination there of. With podcasting, these hosts are able to talk about the things that Dr. Ruth had only dreamed about saying.

Table 3.14. Popular Sex Podcasts

Host(s)

Podcast

Website URL

Soccergirl and Ryan

Soccergirl, Inc.

soccergirl.podshow.com

Violet Blue

Open Source Sex

www.tinynibbles.com

Emily

Sex with Emily

www.sexwithemily.com

Missy and Bee

Suicide Girls

www.suicidegirls.com

Soccergirl, Inc.

Hosted by Soccergirl and often joined by her boyfriend Ryan, this podcast originates from their home in upstate New York. She releases about 10 shows a month, and they average about 30 minutes in length. This show is X-rated.

Open Source Sex

Hosted by Violet Blue, Open Source Sex is the podcast for her Tiny Nibbles website. The typical length of an episode is 20 to 30 minutes, and new shows are released one to three times a month. But they are so worth the wait. Wikipedia described Violet as "an American sex writer, podcaster, blogger, editor, and sex educator." This show is X-rated.

Sex with Emily

Hosted by Emily, this podcast has the tag line "Saving the world one orgasm at a time." This show is released between one and four times a month, and the typical length of an episode is 30 minutes. The show is X-rated.

Suicide Girls

Hosted by Missy and Bee, this podcast is a rebroadcast of their Sunday night show on 103.1 FM in Los Angeles. This show is released once a week, and the typical length of an episode is 80 to 90 minutes. The show is NC-17-rated.

Keeping It Fresh

An often-quoted marketing report stated that sex- and erotica-based podcasts are the most popular types of podcast. However, that report was hugely flawed in that it took its stats from one of the smaller directories. The truth is, sex sells, but podcasts are free, so for the most part the porn industry has stayed out of audio podcasting. There is, however, a very large male podcasting audience that has found favor with a few well-produced podcasts revolving around sex, and they will be willing to listen to others if they are also well produced and have some real content. We started this section with a quote from Violet Blue, so it is only fitting we end this section with some advice from her as well.

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