I’ve been in love with Audio Smut since 2012. They were the first podcast I encountered that celebrated what I valued most in this world: Love. Romantic love, and all its possibilities and actualities. They embrace the notion that thinking about love should also come with discussions of sexuality, and specific, intimate recollections of our biggest, most tender, sensual experiences. And of course, all this talk of sexuality easily leads to conversations on gender and identity. All of these topics are seamlessly woven into the show with grace, honesty, bluntness, and beauty.
Not only is it anti-shaming, but it’s beautifully composed; Audio Smut reminds me of what HBO would sound like if they decided to go into the podcasting business. High production value, mixed with creative and luscious narratives that make me feel good about the relationship I have to my real self and my fantasies.
I was honored to get to work with Kaitlin, Mitra, and all the babes with brains behind Audio Smut for the most recent episode: LOVE LETTERS.
When I think about love, I think about letters. That’s where I’ve been exploring my feelings of platonic and romantic love since I was a kid. Writing a letter to someone, even now, is an exercise in examining my current emotional status and connecting to someone I care about who is also on the same wavelength. It’s a rare and exquisite experience. I told the Audio Smut team that I’d love to hear an episode about love letters… and they said, “Us too!!! Let’s make it.” And now, it’s out in the world, and it just needs you to listen.
I even told my own story of falling in love on paper alone. It’s very personal, which made me feel uneasy to share it, but it’s so important to me. So, I used my favorite medium — radio — to create a special place in the world for this very specific story of falling in love to live on inside of. I hope you enjoy this recollection about that time, and the special powers that letters have to bring people together and also pull us apart.
<3 Radio Ashleyanne
(Warning: This episode is not for those who are weak of heart. This episode is the kind that is not afraid to make you blush, and tear up, just a little bit. Expect frank talk of sex, you lucky so-and-so.)
P.S. You should write more letters. I don’t think you write enough. If you drop me a line with your address, you might just get a postcard.