My First Time is a mostly sexy sex podcast and column from Broadly.

I Tie People in Knots For Erotic Theater

Gestalta is a performance artist specializing in shibari, the Japanese art of erotic rope-tying. She explains why shibari is all about the power exchange between rigger and model.


How I Seek Out Intimacy as an Asexual Person

As a queer, asexual person I often felt like an outsider growing up. But now I've found my community of people like me, in a society that seems to revolve around sex.


As A Porn Director, I Find the Beauty in the Gross Parts of Sex

Porn performer and director Vex Ashley of Four Chambers makes high-concept, artistic adult films. In doing so, she's learned the importance of staying true to her creative vision—and always being the first person to get naked on set.

Vex Ashley

I'm the 'Unicorn' in a Three-Person Relationship

For Nicole Everett, being in a throuple with married couple Cathy and Thomas helps her feel loved, secure, and fulfilled.

Nicole Everett

What It's Like Having Sex While in Recovery from an Eating Disorder

After Laura Hearn left a residential treatment facility for an eating disorder, she didn't just need to reset her relationship with food: she had to learn how to exist as a sexual being in the world.

Laura Hearn

Working as a Sex Journalist Taught Me When to Say No

Writer and broadcaster Alix Fox thought that she had to be down for whatever to be good at her job—until she learned how to make her sexual boundaries clear.

Alix Fox

I Built a Sex-Positive Dildo Empire. Here's What I Learned

Zoë Ligon is the founder of Detroit sex toy emporium Spectrum Boutique. She shares the lessons she's learned during her time in the industry—and why you can never use too much lube.

Zoe Ligon

Dating Made Me Broke And Depressed–So I Became A Sugar Baby Instead

Dating requires give-and-take. If you're a divorced single mom like Megan Evan, the give might come from a sugar daddy.

Megan Evan

I Am HIV-Positive. This Is What It's Like to Date

When writer and activist Juno Roche was diagnosed with HIV in the early 1990s, it felt like being given a death sentence. She explains what it was like to date and find intimacy again while living with HIV.

Juno Roche

My Love Affair with a Tree Taught Me to Express Myself Sexually

When conceptual artist Genevieve Belleveau fell for a birch tree at age eight, she had no idea how her love for nature would shape her future ecosexuality.

Genevieve Belleveau

How I Got Over My Fear of Sexual Intimacy After Being Heartbroken

After my long-term relationship ended, I struggled with the idea of sex, dating, and being intimate with someone new. But a chance encounter with a female bartender changed all of that.

Trisha O'Bannon

What Being a Phone Sex Operator Taught Me About Lonely Men

"I had one caller who wanted me to pretend I was a fat squirrel, jumping from tree to tree."

Angelica Whyte