16: Brian Eley’s embodied awareness

Musician, producer, DJ, and dancer Brian Eley joins The BodPod to discuss many aspects of their bodily experience: dancing, body awareness, the intersection of mental and physical health, sex positivity and sex anxieties, the performative body, gender identity (and thus, naturally, masculinity and femininity), sexting, dick pics, eating disorders, HSV2, and how we should tend to all of our orifices. Brian, who uses they/them pronouns*, holds nothing back in this frank discussion of their body. Brian raps under the name Brian is Ze and produces and DJs under the name Queermo. You can check out their work at https://brianisze.bandcamp.com/.

You can read press reviews of Brian’s work at Outsmart Magazine and Houston Press.

*EDIT: There’s a part in the middle of my introduction where I misgender Brian as a “he.” While I could take this episode down and re-upload a corrected version, I think it’s important to call this out when it happens and own up to these mistakes while using it as an opportunity to learn. There is no excuse for this sort of error. It is easy to refer to people as the gender in which they identify. This error underscores how deeply ingrained the gender binary is in our brains and how we have certain defaults we fall into when speaking of others. Transformations of consciousness can only occur with conscious efforts. I can only hope the mistake will help people be more aware of the way they use language when addressing the identities of others, and the respect we give each other in honoring their identities. I clearly have more work to do with regard to deconstructing binaries in a way that becomes a new default. The BodPod regrets the mistake.

Episode Twelve: Kath Barbadoro

In this episode, I talk with stand-up comedian Kath Barbadoro. We run the gamut of body talk: fatness, childhood, dieting, exposing ourselves to positive images of fatness (expands to other less conventional representations of bodies) in the media, sex, dating, reflecting on our desires, fashion, and our bloody, monthly flows. Kath has great advice for anyone struggling with body image: stop weighing yourself! We also touch on an experience of sexual assault she had at 19 years old, and how she’s tried to process it over the years. We have fun moments, serious ones, and try to speak as directly and raw as we can about these topics. Enjoy!

Kath’s Twitter

Kath’s TV Show (coming soon!)

Related to our conversation:

Margaret Atwood voyeur quote from The Robber Bride

Polycystic Ovary Syndrom (PCOS)

Menstrual cups

Comprehensive list of articles about fatness and health

Fat fashion: eShakti, Eloquii

Episode Ten: Dr. Neville Hoad

In this tenth episode of The BodPod, I talk with Professor Neville Hoad. Neville is an associate professor of English and affiliated faculty with the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, the Center for African and African American Studies, and the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at the University of Texas at Austin. He authored African Intimacies: Race, Homosexuality and Globalization (Minnesota, 2007) and co-edits (with Karen Martin and Graeme Reid) Sex & Politics in South Africa (Double Storey, 2005). Areas of research include African and Victorian literature, queer theory, and the history of sexuality.

We talk: growing up in apartheid South Africa, sexuality, gender, drag, exercise, the “truth” of the body, the aging body, the “butchiness” of Texas women.

 

African Intimacies: Race, Homosexuality and Globalization

Sex & Politics in South Africa