A Morning Frolic, or the Transmutation of the Sexes, by John Collet, c.1780

A Morning Frolic, or the Transmutation of the Sexes, by John Collet, c.1780


We explode gender norms by exploring their incredible variety across world history.

The History of Sex

In today’s culture of gay marriage, trans rights, and ever-longer acronyms (LGBTQXYZLMNOP), things can feel a little chaotic. It makes you long for the good old days when men were men, women were women, and nothing could be more clear, right?


Well, sorry to break it to you, but those days never existed.


If there’s one thing the history of sex teaches us, it’s that sex and gender have varied fantastically across different eras and cultures. For example, did you know the Nazis set up sex farms to pump out babies for the Fatherland? Or that pre-contact Hawaii had no such thing as marriage? Or that ancient Romans had no concept of orientation, only a vague sense of “preference” for one sex or the other? That’s the kind of stuff we’ll be covering in this show.

Guests Across the Spectrum

We’re inviting people from a wide variety of orientations and backgrounds to come on the show and talk about the historical nuggets we dig up. Some of them may have experiences relevant to the topic at hand, like a sex worker on a show about ancient prostitution. Some may be academics or podcasters with relevant expertise. Others may be just regular ordinary people. Everyone has a perspective to share.

A Straight Cis* Guy Gets Schooled About Sex

At the heart of this project is me, Brandon. While I’ve done my best to immerse myself in the latest gender dialogues, at the end of the day I’m just a straight cis guy. I expect to be educated by the guests that come on the show. Hopefully I won’t put my foot in my mouth too often, but if I do, well… that’s called learning.


*What does cis mean again? Check out our Helpful Terms page.

When Will the History of Sex Launch?

We’re taking the time to do this right. Consequently, we can’t say exactly when this show will launch. Optimistically, we’re thinking sometime around fall of 2019. Then again, if you want to make the Fates laugh, make a plan.


What we can say is it will be worth the wait.


In the meantime, subscribe to the Dead Ideas where we’ll be posting updates and announcements. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and tell your friends about this new show!

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About Me

B. T. NewbergHi. I’m Brandon. Or B. T. Newberg. I’m a podcaster with a passion for exploring perspectives.


That started with my other show, Dead Ideas: The Podcast of Extinct Thoughts and Practices. It excavates ideas and practices once believed to be true but no longer. What I love best about that show is finding out about the roles of women (who get such short shrift in history), as well as other under-represented kinds of people. So, I thought I’d start a new show focused just on that: The History of Sex.


I’m straight, cis, and happily married. My lovely wife Rachel is one of the most talented artists I know.


You can find out more about me and other stuff I’ve done here.