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Author and traveling winemaker Amira Makansi joins the podcast to discuss 50 Shades of Grey. Topics include: Power dynamics in relationships, sexual taboos, wine and writing, politics, and more.
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0:00:00 - Introducing Amira Makansi and 50 Shades of Grey
0:05:47 - Boozes: Dailance Cabernet Sauvignon (John) and Ridgecrest Merlot (Amira)
0:07:18- Amira’s wine industry expertise
0:09:30 - Amria’s literary work
0:15:45 - Christian Grey the super-hero?
0:17:56 - The allure of power and a Sexual Batman
0:29:54 - Christian Grey as a model of good?
0:32:31 - Power and consent
0:38:36 - Why is this book so popular?
0:42:11 - Anastasia’s quirks
0:47:20 - Genitalia terms: medical vs erotica
0:50:16 - BDSM vs Vanilla
0:55:01 - Are large information asymmetries between sexual partners problematic?
0:57:16 - Why John can’t be the Christian Grey apologist
0:58:11 - Honesty in relationships
1:00:22 - The taboos of negotiating sex and power
1:10:36 - Hegel’s Master-Slave dialect
1:16:42 - On Birds & Rocks, or How to Squash Your Inner Nerd
1:25:12 - Wine tasting notes
1:32:01 - Do you think the world is getting better?
1:37:42 - Is it okay to acknowledge progress?
1:42:36 - Presentism, morality, and one giant historical asterisk
1:50:52 - Nuance, tribalism, and compromise