Sex Wonks Podcast Episode 40: Deep Throat Dahling

Do you deep throat? The Wonks do and this week they celebrate all that’s about going Linda Lovelace on it. First up, the Wonks pay their respect to one of the two porn stars who made ‘deep throat’ a household word—Mr. Harry Reems. While he was neither Johnny the Wadd nor a sonic hedgehog, Mr. Reems, in his own way, left an indelible mark in the annals of porn history.

Believe it or not, sex can kill. From New York, a disturbing story of bacterial meningitis that appears to be spreading through sexual encounters between men. The outbreak has sickened 22 and killed seven. According to Dr. Thomas Farley, the best defense is to get vaccinated. And it’s not only meningitis that can prove to be sexually fatal; Rosa discovers an article on claiming that oral sex is a deadly sin—literally. Tell us it’s not true!

According to Tennessee state senator, Stacey Campfield, “Perversity does not make diversity just because it’s at the university,” and as a result the fundies in the Tennessee state legislature have pressured the administrators of UT to cut funding for the planned Sex Week scheduled for the first week in April. Sex Week has become a tradition at many universities, including the Ivy League’s Yale, Harvard and Brown. But better get your Sex Week while you can kids, as it appears they may be on their way out. Yale this year held a shortened version of theirs – a Sex Weekend – perhaps due to bad publicity.

A vocal coach in Canada has discovered a new kind of deep throat. He’s using sex toys to assist his student in increasing their vocal power. University of Alberta drama professor David Ley uses hand-held vibrators to massage the throats of students. “What I’m trying to do is to help the person hit that high note or harness their emotional energy,” he told the Toronto Star. This gives new meaning to ‘rubbing one out’ – does it not?

Live by the tweet, die by the tweet? Adria Richards had no idea the firestorm she would create when she tweeted about the inappropriate behavior of fellow attendees of a tech conference. Ms. Richards received threats of violence and was fired after posting an image of male programmers she accused of making inappropriate innuendos at the conference they were attending. Her experience begs the question: When is too much far too much? And how far does one want to take it to make a point?