Season 4 Episode 3
S4 E3 – Sex and the Irish: Sex Talks
Airs Tuesday July 30th at 22:00
Panti with her parlour guests
So we Irish are not known for our openness about sex and sexuality so in this season of Pantisocracy we’re bringing a little spotlight to sex and the Irish or everything you ever wanted to know about sex and the Irish but were afraid to ask! In this episode of Pantisocracy host Panti Bliss is talking birds & bees, sex education and how we learn about sex and sexuality, consent and coercion, desire and intimacy.
As the child of a rural vet Panti got the basic biology lesson early on but everything else was a bit of a discovery. With her in the parlour is Taryn De Vere, who describes herself as a ‘joy-bringer’ and a ‘sex positive parent’ as well as sports commentator and psychotherapist Richie Sadlier, who co-runs consent classes with transition year schoolboys.
Joining them is Shawna Scott who runs Sex Siopa, a female friendly online sex shop, and Dr. Paul Ryan, who researches sex and the Irish, from the pages of agony aunt Angela McNamara in the 60s and 70s to sex workers and digital dating today. Performing in the parlour are Maria Walsh and Carole Nelson from the music duo Zrazy who became national treasures themselves when they wrote the legend ‘Ooh Aah Paul McGrath’. A show that happily brings together drag, sex and sport.
Panti with her in-studio audience and guests
Panti with Richie Sadlier
Panti with Taryn De Vere
Panti with Paul Ryan
Panti with Shawna Scott
Panti with Zrazy
Richie with the Zrazy and their gold plaque for their songwriting on Paul McGrath’s “Watch Your House” record
Shawna Scott, Richie Sadlier and Taryn De Vere in conversation
Richie Sadlier and Elaine Byrnes deliver a six-week module in sexual health to transition year students in St Benildus College, Kilmacud. Have a read of a piece Richie wrote for The Irish Times in April 2019 about a consent workshop with teenage boys.
Zrazy and Paul Ryan in conversation