Episodes

7 episodes
  • My Body, My Podcast Episode 0: Trailer

    Jun 17 2021

    Elizabeth Banks believes that sex education is a lifelong pursuit that when done well, has the power to transform lives and society itself. My Body, My Podcast is her continuing education class and she would love you to join.

    In My Body, My Podcast, Banks seamlessly mixes autobiography and information to create an open space to talk about all things sex and sexuality. Throughout, you’ll hear personal stories from Banks’ life - her traumatic first period, an inappropriate meeting with a Hollywood agent, watching a PBS documentary at age eight that showed sperm swimming toward an egg inside a real human body. In telling these stories, Banks unearths important and difficult questions: Why are young people separated by gender during sex ed? What is intimate justice? How do women take control of their pleasure? Can we break the cycle of generational shame? And how on earth do we talk to kids and young people about all of this? 

    She turns to guests close to the subject matter - therapists, researchers, activists, parents, and friends - to get some answers. Guests like Laverne Cox, Chelsea VonChaz, Dr. Amy Schalet, Peggy Orenstein, Lindy West, Jameela Jamil, Nadia Bolz-Weber, and Pidgeon Pagonis offer vital and refreshing insight. The result is six intimate yet universal episodes of storytelling and conversation that explore new ways to approach body image, menstrual dignity, the effect of shame on our sexual psyche, the way gender categories impact all of us, and more. Of course, Banks does all of this in her quintessential style - smart, playful, and honest, meaning you can expect both some hard truths and some hard laughs. 

    So come on in. We’re talking about life, sex, and the pursuit of pleasure. Nothing is off limits, and all are welcome. 

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    2 mins
  • Episode 1: Body

    Jul 29 2021
    Elizabeth shares a story about her first meeting with a Hollywood agent, and the offensive line of questioning that took place. She talks with guests about body image, body neutrality, body liberation, and more. Guests include: Jameela Jamil, Laverne Cox, and Lindy West.
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    54 mins
  • Episode 2 : Shame

    Jul 29 2021
    Elizabeth shares a story from childhood about her complicated relationship with church and her developing sexual psyche. She talks with guests about stigma, the dangers of abstinence only education, and more. Guests include: Dr. Amy Schalet, Melissa Pintor Carnagey, Nadia Bolz-Weber, and Joshua Harris.
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    48 mins
  • Episode 3: Periods

    Jul 29 2021
    Elizabeth shares a story about her first ever period and lifelong struggles with menstrual pain. She talks with guests about menstrual dignity, ending the stigma around bleeding, and more. Guests include: Elizabeth’s Mom, Anita Diamont, Shine Louise Houston, Chelsea VonChaz, Helen Yenser, and Maggie Brown.
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    59 mins
  • Episode 4: Gendered

    Jul 29 2021

    Elizabeth shares a story about a childhood football game that opened her eyes to how women are categorized in the world. She talks with guests about the gender binary and its harmful effect on both men and women, intersex rights, and more. Guests include: Jameela Jamil, Peggy Orenstein, Lindy West, Pidgeon Pagonis, Daniel Lebowitz, Liza Winston Nteta, and Laverne Cox. 

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    52 mins
  • Episode 5 : Pleasure

    Jul 29 2021

    Elizabeth shares a story about her high school boyfriend and their first sexual experience. She talks with guests about intimate justice, pleasure as being essential to a joyful life, how couples can better communicate their needs, and more. Guests include: Dr. Jenni Skyler, Daniel Lebowitz, Nadia Bolz-Weber, Peggy Orenstein, Liza Winston Nteta, Lindy West, and Jameela Jamil. 

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    1 hr and 2 mins
  • Episode 6: The Talk

    Jul 29 2021
    Elizabeth shares a story about a formative experience watching NOVA’s Miracle of Life documentary. She talks with guests about how to be open with your kids, the potential dangers of pornography, and more. Guests include: Elizabeth’s Mom, Dr. Jenni Skyler, Daniel Leibowitz, Dr. Amy Schalet, Shine Louise Houston, and Melissa Pintor Carnagey.
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    1 hr and 8 mins