Secular Sexuality with Megan Bonner, Christy Powell, & Miranda Wylie
Miranda Wylie chats with Megan Bonner and Christy Powell of Secular Sexuality, a weekly call-in show live from Austin, Texas, about how BedPost Confessions came to be, her favorite anonymous audience confessions, and the process of taking a story from the page to the stage.
How BedPost Confessions’ Co-Creator Is Keeping Things Sex-Positive
BedPost Confessions producer Miranda Wylie explains how the show featuring storytellers and anonymous confessions about sex, sexuality, gender and identity has evolved over eight years. Host Tolly Mosley also asks Miranda about her new podcast, “SEEN,” where she interviews guests about the ways they have been viewed, judged, rendered invisible, or wholly seen by themselves, their loved ones, and strangers.
Bedpost Confessions Encourages Talk About Positive Sexuality
Boulder Daily Camera
“Sex positivity is a wide umbrella term,” said Sophia O’Conor. “That means we don’t take sides. We embrace anger, joy, vulnerability, celebration and hesitation — it’s all welcome. Although it has its roots in feminism, it’s meant to advocate for the freedom of all people. Sex positivity is really in line with the consent movement, it’s safe, it doesn’t advocate for harm and it’s about decriminalizing sexuality while celebrating pleasure.”
Open Book: BedPost Confessions
"When it comes to sharing true tales of love, lust, and sexuality, BedPost Confessions producers Julie Gillis and Mia Martina agree on what makes for the most compelling stories: “Vulnerability,” they answer in unison. “We wanted to be able to humanize a topic and allow people to feel more comfortable talking about it, even if it’s just going back home and talking to themselves in the mirror,” Gillis says."
Best of Austin 2015
The Austin Chronicle
"This year's been a year of heady experimentation for the BedPost Confessions crew. The groundbreaking show is now held quarterly, making room for new ventures such as (un)Spoken, a venue for the topics rarely touched upon in polite conversation (mental illness, pregnancy, the loss of love). We sense a pupal metamorphosis … a new becoming, and with it, even more opportunities to stun Austin audiences with the power of story."
Storytellers Share Personal Tales at (un)Spoken
The Daily Texan
“Sadie Smythe will be one of four storytellers sharing her story Wednesday night at the Spider House Ballroom during (un)Spoken, a new series from the producers of BedPost Confessions — an Austin-based group that hosts live shows aimed to increase dialogues around sex. Whereas stories submitted to BedPost Confessions are often humorous and entertaining, (un)Spoken approaches more vulnerable, sensitive issues.”
The 10 Naughtiest Things You Can Do In Austin
The BedPost Confessions is like Austin’s own Vagina Monologues. This event shares short stories and spoken word of various sex-oriented topics, including anonymous confessions from the audience. Men and women are welcome to explore/expose their sexuality (verbally, that is) to the audibly aroused audience. It will definitely leave you feeling a little naughty before bed.
Best of Austin 2014
The Austin Chronicle
"True personal stories told live onstage have never been more popular. National tours like Risk! and the Moth regularly sell out shows, and our own Bedpost Confessions presents a clever and titillating twist. Started in 2010, this monthly confessional storytelling show focuses intently on sex and sexuality from the likes of Adam Sultan, Ebony Stewart, Holly Lorka, our own Dr. Andy Campbell, and those powerhouse producers – Julie Gillis, Mia Martina, and Sadie Smythe. Bedpost lets the audience in on the game, giving them the chance to write their own confessions down and have them anonymously read onstage. Hearing Austinites' anonymous sexual confessions aloud? #blessed."
"Let’s talk about sex. That’s the premise behind BedPost Confessions, a storytelling show aiming to educate and captivate audiences with between-the-sheets tales that run the gamut from poignant and heartbreaking to hysterical and in-your-face shocking."
Who In Austin Doesn’t Have Time For a Quickie? BedPost Confessions Expands Your Erotic Opportunities.
The Austin Chronicle
“There’s a number of reasons we decided to do this,” said [Julie] Gillis. “One – the main one – is community building. There are a lot of people out there who have ideas for stories, but maybe they’ve never written before and they’re not exactly sure how to get started with formulating a 15-to-20-minute piece.”
BedPost Confessions Gets Sexy at North Door
Culture Map Austin
"Standing in line to get into BedPost Confessions at the North Door on East Fifth Street is the first indication that things are about to get a little weird. In the alley behind the venue, an eclectic collection of Austinites are gathering to witness Austin’s monthly storytelling event that celebrates all things sexy."
Best of Austin 2012
The Austin Chronicle
"What's a more titillating delight than this monthly show run by the smart, sassy, and sexily literate Sadie Smythe, Julie Gillis, Mia Martina, and Rosie Q? Hear friends, neighbors, and complete strangers take the stage to dish on their own erotic lives between the, oh, steamiest readings by writers and musicians and actors and whomever else the quimmy quadrumvirate can coax into their revealing spotlight. You know you're in the right place, you omni-curious men and women, when the door prizes are brand-new sex toys and the crowd is no less likely to have tattoos of Bettie Page than they are of Shere Hite."
Thoughts On Last Night's BedPost Confessions At Kessler Theater
"Events like BedPost Confessions remind me how much we're all missing out on if we don't see the fun, humor and excitement in letting it all hang out once in awhile."
‘Bedpost Confessions’ Tonight At The Kessler
"What would you do if your friend admitted to being a prostitute? Or if your sister talked about having sex outside of her marriage with a 21-year-old virgin? Sexual talk outside of the bedroom can still be taboo, even in today’s desensitized world of fast hookups and Showtime melodramas. Bring up intercourse (or something far more intense), and most people will cringe or shy away. Tonight, it all comes out."
Sadie Smythe of BedPost Confessions Dishes About Open Marriages and Her First Orgasm
"On Thursday night at the Makeout Room, Sadie Smythe will share with San Franciscans the story of her first ever orgasm. SFWeekly thought maybe we should get to know her a little bit better first."