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  1. Savage Love Podcast

    Friday, June 3, 2011

    Before we get down to the review, a caveat, dear reader.

    The Savage Love Cast is by no means an all-audience podcast.  If you're familiar at all with Dan Savage's articles at The Stranger, you are already aware of this.  If you are not, allow me to give you a brief summary of the podcast's contents.

    This is, in general, a sex advice podcast.  You should read this review if you are interested in learning about a podcast that discusses, in no vague terms, sex and sex-related... stuff.

    You should not read this podcast review if you are:

    1. Not interested in what goes on in other peoples' bedroom.
    2. Grossed out by hearing about... shall we say atypical inter-personal relationship techniques.
    3. My mother-in-law.  Or anyone related to me or who knows me in person.  Seriously.  I will not look you in the eyes until 2014.
    4. If you are not interested in the following body parts being discussed:

    Relevant Links:

    Android Ap! This is a free download for Android-based phones. It offers access to Savage's articles, full podcast library and "exclusive text and video content.Savage Love Article
    Dan Savage's Blog at The Stranger
    Dan Savages' Wikipedia Page
    Wikipedia's List of Episodes
    It Gets Better Project From the site:  "In September 2010, syndicated columnist and author Dan Savage created a YouTube video with his partner Terry to inspire hope for young people facing harassment. In response to a number of students taking their own lives after being bullied in school, they wanted to create a personal way for supporters everywhere to tell LGBT youth that, yes, it does indeed get better."

    It's got George Takei backing it, so you know it's a good thing.
    Content Rating:  Excruciatingly obscene.  Not even joking.  In fact, to properly discuss this podcast, the rest of this review will be put behind a jump.  You know, to guard the childrens' eyes.

    They say the brain is the biggest sex organ but you can't get tit clamps on a brain!  Until now.

    First off:  I promise to write this review with all the gravitas and maturity the Savage Love Cast deserves.  This podcast supports a sex-positive attitude which cannot be garnered by trying to hem and haw around the subject.

    Second:  I seriously cannot write a review about the Savage Love Cast in a mature manner.  When a person loves a person, and the first person wants to engage in an act that involves anything ranging from various bodily parts/fluids to household appliances whose warranties have been thoroughly voided, but he isn't certain how to bring this up to the previous mentioned second person, I tend to giggle like a ten year old.  Please know I'm trying my best to do this.

    I too, was curious after listening to your question about online dating options that were out there for people with herpes so here's what I did, it's my super top-secret method for finding out these things I Google'd "dating" and "herpes."

    The Savage Love Cast answers listener submitted questions and allows Dan Savage to answer them with all of his professionally unprofessional knowledge.  Savage is willing to discuss any topic presented to him, although he is not without his squicks, and works to give answers that lead his listeners to seek out safe and gratifying solutions.  Occasionally he seeks out the advice of a more-knowledgeable resource in the form of guests which can range from skeptics to professional dominatrices to real doctors.

    This podcast covers... pretty much everything that involves sex.  If you've got genitalia, and intend to use them towards pretty much any purpose, your attention will be caught by at least one of the questions asked in over 200 episodes.  There is no consensual sexual proclivity that is turn aside or scorned:  open marriages, the full scale of GBLT identifications and relationships involved therein, cross dressing, and manymanymanymany other things that people do in their spare time. 

    Savage is no authority on any of the matters he talks about, nor does he ever attempt to claim he is.  What Savage has to offer to listeners is a sharp wit and a good dose of common sense and support for those who contact him.  He mocks those that need to be mocked, brings callers on-air so they can further discuss their quandaries, and offers compassion to those that are facing sad, stressful, or difficult situations.  

    Douche it, grease it, stick it in the air.

    Average Episode Length: Approximately 40 minutes.  Episodes typically range from 35 to 55 minutes.

    Music:  There's a cute theme song.  I think that's about it.

    Drinking game:  Go have sex.  Afterwards, pour yourself a drink.

    Unintentionally Good Part: Santorum.  Google it. 

    Unintentionally Bad Part:  Serious version - if you have any "triggers" involving sex-related trauma, this show is probably not for you.  There are some questions asked that involve emotional and physical pain, and they can be very uncomfortable if that's not what you want to hear.

    Less Serious version - the listener-contributed questions are, well, listener contributions.  Expect a lot of long-winded, unnecessary explanations and rationalizations.  Even with editing, Savage occasionally has to fade out a question because the person just won't stop talking.  Savage's article allows for succinct questions to be asked, so if this bothers you to the point of distraction, you know where to go to get your content.

    So there.  I reviewed the Savage Love Cast.  Leave me a comment and then go away.  Please.

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