Ms. Morse recorded her first podcast episode in the summer of 2005 in her San Francisco apartment. By then, immediately after graduating from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, she had worked in politics and as a video producer, notably on Willie Brown’s 1995 mayor campaign and later on Mr. Brown’s re-election bid in 1999 in “See How They Run”.
Ms. Morse was still a freelance video producer when she decided to invite a few friends over to her apartment to have some wine and share their sex stories as she recorded them, fueled by “50 percent curiosity and 50 percent envy,” said they.
“I’ve always been a curious person, but the envy came in when I heard people talk about the amazing, mind-boggling sex they were having,” she said. “If someone said, ‘I had great sex,’ I would say, ‘Wait, go on. What exactly do you mean? ‘I thought maybe I was the only one having sex that wasn’t that amazing. I thought I was broken. “
Ms. Morse didn’t masturbate until she was 25, she said, and by the time she started her podcast at 35, she still didn’t fully understand female orgasms. This despite the fact that she was in multiple relationships and did not have puritanical or restrictive relationships Education. Her mother told her to come to her with questions, but “I didn’t know what questions to ask – when you are young you just don’t know what you don’t know,” said Ms. Morse.
That first episode of podcast, starring a Brazilian bikini waxer and a man named Captain Erotica, received roughly 75,000 downloads, she said – impressive considering how new the medium was.
To finance her new project, she took out a loan; Then he cleaned the houses, brought friends for cash (before Uber) and did modeling gigs. She graduated from night school for three and a half years to attend the Institute for Advanced Studies in Human Sexuality, from which she graduated in 2012. (The institute, whose alumna was feminist sexologist Betty Dodson, was not without critics; in 2016 the California Bureau of Private Post-Secondary Education rejected its renewal request to continue running educational programs and closed it in 2018.)