Season1, Episode 5 – Heather Godsey & Lara Blackwood Pickrel

Join Carol Howard Merritt and Bruce Reyes-Chow as they welcome Heather Godsey and Lara Blackwood Pickrel to discuss the book they’ve recently edited, Oh God, Oh God, Oh God!: Young Adults Speak Out About Sexuality and Christianity.  Also joining Carol and Bruce are Rabbi Laura Winer of the Union for Reform Judaism and Makeesha Fisher, Executive Editor of GENERATE Magazine.

This episode features the music of  “Wakka Chikka Wakka Chikka.”

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0:01: Rabbi Laura Winer shares about some discussions she’s had with youth regarding sexuality
5:29: Bruce introduces the theme of the episode and Heather Godsey and Lara Blackwood Pickrel
6:50: Part 1 of Bruce interview with Heather Godsey and Lara Blackwood Pickrel
18:53: Bruce and Carol reflect on Part 1
30:44: Part 2 of Bruce interview with Heather Godsey and Lara Blackwood Pickrel
40:47: Bruce and Carol reflect on Part 2
53:15: Bruce and Carol are joined by Makeesha Fisher for a discussion of intimacy and social media’s impact on our perception of others.
1:14:28: Promo for next week’s episode: Carol speaks with David Batstone about human trafficking and his book Not for Sale: The Return of the Global Slave Trade–and How We Can Fight It

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One Response to “Season1, Episode 5 – Heather Godsey & Lara Blackwood Pickrel”
  1. Janet L. Bohren says:

    Good discussion. Hope lots of people listen. Really liked comments by Rabbi Winer, Heather Godsey and Lara Blackwood Pickrel. They made excellent sense. It would be interesting to know how the latter two's comments would be different for teens from what they wrote for young adults.

    I wish you had told us a bit more about who Makeesha Fisher is. I was not familiar with GENEERATE magazine, although I will check it out now from your link above

    When I was a biology teacher In the late seventies (yeah, I know, a long time ago) we were trained at a local university and then developed a human sexuality curriculum for our 10th graders. It went very well and I learned a lot about what teens then were struggling with as I taught it. Some issues (e.g. body image) are still the same, but today with more openness about human sexualities in the media more misinformation abounds, as you all pointed out in the discussion. Our culture of text messaging and other social media has added a whole new dimension to dealing with sexuality and perhaps you can do a show on this sometime.

    Hope your listeners have had the chance to see the Vagina Monologues at some point. It deals with language and values and culture so well. Glad you referenced it Carol.

    I raised 3 boys and now they have daughters and sons. The cycle of education continues.

    Thanks again for tackling a difficult but important discussion.

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