American Sex Podcast Episode 75: Surviving R Kelly & Our History of Sexualizing Teens with Dirty Lola
On episode 75 Sunny & Lola’s reflection on the Surviving R. Kelly docuseries prompts an impromptu conversation about America's long history of sexualizing teens. We’re all shocked by the R. Kelly story but remember back in high school when it was “cool” to date a college-aged person? Remember when adults in your life didn’t bat an eye at you dating a legal adult when you were underage? We break this complicated situation down by reflecting on our own experiences. Some of what we touched on: hitting puberty early, the over-sexualization of girls of color, how being sexually objectified as a teen shapes one's sexuality, Mary Kay Letourneau, the negative impacts of marrying young, the cultural normalization of teens dating adults, equating sex with love, why people stay in abusive situations and more.
Dirty Lola is also a performer, edutainer, sex educator, and the creator and host of the live sex Q&A / variety show and podcast Sex Ed A Go Go. During the last six years, she has shared her distinctive brand of kickass body and sex-positivity and her personal journey into the kink and poly lifestyles on and off stage.