EP.86 - MONA CHALABI

Adam talks to data journalist Mona Chalabi about therapy, sex, Seinfeld, biological determinism, orgasms, vaginas and statistics!

Thanks to Séamus Murphy-Mitchell for production support and to Matt Lamont for additional editing.

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RELATED LINKS

‘FOURTH OF JULY’ BY MONA CHALABI
https://twitter.com/monachalabi/status/882242602048860160

THE VAGINA DISPATCHES EP.1 - THE VULVA
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/video/2016/sep/23/vagina-dispat...

3 WAYS TO SPOT A BAD STATISTIC
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zwwanld4T1w&pbjreload=10

MONA CHALABI - DESIGNING DATA FOR MAXIMUM IMPACT
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5C5dV9XVKo

ILLEANA DOUGLAS - I BLAME DENNIS HOPPER PODCAST
http://illeanaspodcast.com/

Comments

Submitted by: Ruby Harrison   6 months 1 week ago

Hi Adam,
Loved this podcast and found it really interesting. On the point of evolutionary biology, I would recommend reading the book Testosterone Rex by Cordelia Fine. She looks at all of those ideas about men being “biologically more likely to cheat” etc etc and picks it apart and it’s really interesting and informative. Not that you were completely wrong, but the whole idea that everything can be brought back to biology and evolution, as Mona said, doesn’t actually really stand up that well. Loved the episode though, and love the podcast!

Submitted by: Soggyangrytoast   6 months 2 weeks ago

Love your work. Massive Fan. Disappointed with the stereotypical stuff in this podcast and your guests agenda though. Try watching Naked Attraction on Channel 4 tonight....Women who are into women have just as much of an issue with pubes and tidy "vaginas"....actually vulvas as boys do. Theres just a lot more oral sex going on these days and going down on a thick bush isn't so nice for either sex. I have to trim for my lady or she won't go downstairs! most young men trim or shave their now too. You can't pretend this is a sexist issue. So your whole concept of biological imperative plus socio-media pressure is BS I'm afraid. Its more because people are more sexually confident than we used to be (I'm also a child of the 70s) and not willing to put up with it and are more confident in asking/demanding it! I used to be soooo grateful if I got any action during my early sexual years but that was the 80s and a different time. People are much more sexually aware and confident now. Obvs there are a lot of people struggling with issues but thats not really what you 2 were suggesting....

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