05 – The Joy of Sex: A Manual, Deep Throat, and Charles Grodin’s Movers & Shakers (Part One 1972–1985)

Part of Pretty in Podcast’s series inspired by the works of John Hughes. The Joy of Sex has a history far too long to keep in just one episode, so I broke it up into three parts. John Hughes part of the story doesn’t come in until the second part of the series. Instead, I set up The Joy of Sex‘s early development as a movie.This episode has some explicit content, I talk at a faster rate than normal, and I fake accents, to get it all in under a half hour. How can I breathe????!!!! This episode also talks about The Joy of Sex: a Gourmet Guide to Lovemaking, Charles Grodin’s Movers & Shakers (1985), Dudley Moore, and the hardcore pornographic film Deep Throat.


Theme music by Bradley Davis (Fresh Snow). The incidental music is mostly by Chris Storrow who donated three original pieces and “Sangria,” and “The Sensuous X” by his previous band Bossanova.


Artwork is adapted from poster artwork for Movers and Shakers (artist unknown).


  • Bart, Peter. Infamous Players: A tale of the movies, the Mob (and sex).
  • Blank, Ed. “Dudley Moore Uneasy After a String of Flops.” The Pittsburgh Press – Dec 4, 1984
  • Blumenthal, Ralph. “Porno Chic: Hard-core grows fashionable-and very profitable.” New York Times, January 21st, 1973.
  • Comfort, Nicholas. “My Dad would have loved all this Joy of Sex.” Independent. August, 2, 2014.
  • ed. Playboy. “”Sexual Behaviour in the 1970s.” Playboy, Volume 20, no. 10 October, 1973.
  • Ebert, Roger. March 6, 1973
  • Grodin, Charles. It Would Be So Nice if You Weren’t Here
  • Hebblethwaite, Cordelia. “How the Joy of Sex was illustrated.” BBC World Service. October 26, 2011.
  • Hunt, Morton. “”Sexual Behaviour in the 1970s.” Playboy, Volume 20, no. 10 October, 1973.
  • Juffer, Jane. At Home with Pornography: Women, Sex, and Everyday Life. NYU Press, Jul 1, 1998
  • Levy, Ariel. “Doing It!” The New Yorker. January 5, 2009.
  • Rayner, Claire. “Alex Comfort.” Guardian Obituaries. March 28, 2000.
  • Sullivan, Barbara. The Politics of Sex: Prostitution and Pornography Since in Australia 1945. Cambridge University Press, Sep 7, 1997
  • Tyler, Megan. Selling Sex Short: The Pornographic and Sexological Construction of Women’s Sexuality in the West. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, May 25, 2011.
  • Vaughn, Stephen. Freedom and Entertainment: Rating the Movies in an Age of New Media. Cambridge University Press, 2006
  • a few more TK…

With sound effects by Juanicotolengo, Panzen, Raymonster, and Xnxmx from freesound.org.

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