Ms. Morse recorded her first podcast episode in the summer of 2005 at her apartment in San Francisco. Until then, just after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Michigan, she had worked in politics and as a video producer, including helping with Mayor’s campaign for Willie Brown in 1995 and then documenting M. Brown’s candidacy for re-election in 1999 in “See How They Run”.
Ms Morse was still working as a freelance video producer when she decided to invite a few friends over to her apartment to have wine and share their sex stories while she recorded them, motivated by “50% curiosity and 50%. % envy, ”she said.
“I’ve always been a curious person, but the urge came when I heard people talk about the amazing, mind-blowing sex they had,” she says. “If someone said, ‘I had good sex,’ I would say, ‘Wait, back up. What do you mean exactly by that? I thought maybe I was the only one having sex that wasn’t so 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 had been in and out of several relationships and did not have a puritanical or restrictive education. Her mother would tell her to come ask her questions, but “I didn’t know what questions to ask – when you’re young you just don’t know what you don’t know,” Morse said.
This first podcast episode, featuring a Brazilian bikini shiner and a man named Captain Erotica, got around 75,000 downloads, she said – terrific considering how new the medium is.
To finance her new project, she took out a loan; then cleaned houses, transported friends for money (before Uber), and took modeling gigs. She also took evening classes for three and a half years to attend the Institute for Advanced Studies in Human Sexuality, from which she graduated in 2012. (The institute, of which feminist sexologist Betty Dodson was also a old, was not without detractors; in 2016, the California Bureau of Private Post-Secondary Education denied its renewal request to continue running educational programs, and it closed in 2018.)