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  • Jun 17 2021

    Elizabeth Banks believes that sex education is a lifelong pursuit that when done well, has the power to transform lives and society itself. My Body, My Podcast is her continuing education class and she would love you to join.

    In My Body, My Podcast, Banks seamlessly mixes autobiography and information to create an open space to talk about all things sex and sexuality. Throughout, you’ll hear personal stories from Banks’ life - her traumatic first period, an inappropriate meeting with a Hollywood agent, watching a PBS documentary at age eight that showed sperm swimming toward an egg inside a real human body. In telling these stories, Banks unearths important and difficult questions: Why are young people separated by gender during sex ed? What is intimate justice? How do women take control of their pleasure? Can we break the cycle of generational shame? And how on earth do we talk to kids and young people about all of this? 

    She turns to guests close to the subject matter - therapists, researchers, activists, parents, and friends - to get some answers. Guests like Laverne Cox, Chelsea VonChaz, Dr. Amy Schalet, Peggy Orenstein, Lindy West, Jameela Jamil, Nadia Bolz-Weber, and Pidgeon Pagonis offer vital and refreshing insight. The result is six intimate yet universal episodes of storytelling and conversation that explore new ways to approach body image, menstrual dignity, the effect of shame on our sexual psyche, the way gender categories impact all of us, and more. Of course, Banks does all of this in her quintessential style - smart, playful, and honest, meaning you can expect both some hard truths and some hard laughs. 

    So come on in. We’re talking about life, sex, and the pursuit of pleasure. Nothing is off limits, and all are welcome. 

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  • Jul 29 2021
    Elizabeth shares a story about her first meeting with a Hollywood agent, and the offensive line of questioning that took place. She talks with guests about body image, body neutrality, body liberation, and more. Guests include: Jameela Jamil, Laverne Cox, and Lindy West.
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  • Jul 29 2021
    Elizabeth shares a story from childhood about her complicated relationship with church and her developing sexual psyche. She talks with guests about stigma, the dangers of abstinence only education, and more. Guests include: Dr. Amy Schalet, Melissa Pintor Carnagey, Nadia Bolz-Weber, and Joshua Harris.
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    48 mins

Interview: Elizabeth Banks Says Your Sex Education Isn’t Over

'Women's equality depends on people reexamining all of our notions around sex and gender.'
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  • My Body, My Podcast
  • 'Women's equality depends on people reexamining all of our notions around sex and gender.'

Go Behind the Scenes of My Body, My Podcast

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About the Creator and Host

Actor, producer, writer, and director Elizabeth Banks is known for roles spanning across comedy and drama, as well as film and television. She is a three-time Emmy nominee for her recurring roles in 30 Rock and Modern Family, and crafted stand-out performances in projects like The Hunger Games franchise, Love & Mercy, and the hit Pitch Perfect franchise, which she also produced through her company Brownstone Productions and has grossed over $565 million world-wide.
Banks made her directorial debut in 2015 with Pitch Perfect 2 which was the highest opening weekend for a musical in history, the biggest opener for a first-time feature film director, and the second-largest opening for a female director. It also garnered her the ‘Breakthrough Filmmaker of the year’ award at the 2015 CinemaCon Awards. She also produced the critically acclaimed tv series Shrill on Hulu. Brownstone’s current development slate includes multiple film, television and digital collaborations across various networks and studios including Universal, Sony Pictures, Lionsgate, FOX, Freeform, HBO Max, Netflix, Hulu, and Peacock.
Her feature credits include Charlie’s Angels which she wrote, produced, directed and appeared in; W, in which she garnered critical-acclaim for her role as ‘First Lady Laura Bush;’ her breakthrough role in the Academy Award winning film Seabiscuit; Steven Spielberg’s Catch Me If You Can, Invincible, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Magic Mike XXL, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Role Models, Walk of Shame, and the cult hit Wet Hot American Summer, among others.
Originally from Massachusetts, Banks received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her Graduate Degree at the American Conservatory Theater. She is involved with many charities including the Center for Reproductive Rights (where she leads the Center’s Creative Council), LA’s Best, Temple Israel of Hollywood, Planned Parenthood, The First Lady’s Reach Higher Initiative, Heifer International, Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, and Turnaround Arts. She currently resides in Los Angeles.

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My Body, My Podcast creator Elizabeth Banks in conversation with Michelle Collins

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YES to this podcast!!

Every woman in the world can relate to this first episode and it sounds so good to hear other women (famous women) say they actually feel and felt all these feelings that I felt growing up and do now about my body. I love that I'm starting to see body positivity everywhere. I absolutely adore Elizabeth Banks and I adore you even more now.

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Pandering to the Left

Really should avoid. With all the content out there these days, check out so many other podcasts that increase intelligence, don't generate victims, and feed artificial rage.

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A Must Listen

An absolutely amazing and uplifting podcast that everyone needs to hear 🙌❤ Thank you Elizabeth Banks for this gift of knowledge, empowerment, and love. And thank you to all your amazing geusts who contributed. (P.S. your mom is awesome😊)

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Empowering + Necessary!

Eliminating shame, guilt, and stigmas surrounding the topics of sex, gender, and much more... This is Elizabeth Banks' continuing Sex Ed Class, and I'm so happy to shamelessly follow along! I'm looking forward to her guest speakers: Doreen Virtue, Marissa Peer, Sex Ed Teachers, +. These conversations need to be normalized. Only when we shine a light on the darkness, do things become clear. Thank you, Liz Banks! I knew when I watched her in the movie "Zach and Miri Make A Porno", that she had so much to teach the world! If you haven't seen that yet, it fits the theme of this podcast perfectly. Check it out.

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I am begging you!

Please, please, please, make this podcast available on other formats. The topics being discussed are so important for women, especially young women, to hear.

Also, major props for this podcast, the host, the guests, the format, the humor….. all of it! I love it! Thank you!

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Funny - And required listening!!!!

This podcast is poignant. Searing. Educational. But also, as you’d expect from Elizabeth Banks, FUNNY.

Absolutely inhaled these epodes. Can’t recommend this highly enough.

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we must consider...

This is fascinating!
Becoming more informed about sexuality helps us understand each other on a deeper level.

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Essential Sex Education!

Someone had to finally talk about all of these topics! Thank you Elizabeth Banks! I learned so much. I binged all episodes quickly, found it all very entertaining, educational, and important. I hope there will be more episodes. And please make this available in other formats - everyone should take a listen!

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No thank you

Don’t take life advice from celebrities as a general rule. Especially when it relates to your sex life. There’s a reason the divorce rate is so high in Hollywood.

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Grateful

I am so thankful this podcast was created & these healthy messages and stories of what people are doing to reshape a healthier tomorrow for everyone.

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  • 08-09-22

Thank you!

I absolutely love this podcast. Such a liberating and logical view on your body and pleasure. And it gives you informative, funny and down to earth perspectives that you can follow up on if you want to know more.
Thank you so much 😊

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  • 12-28-21

Just what I needed

Since Christmas Day I’ve seen diet adverts everywhere, in an effort to ignore/stay sane I went looking for positive content. I really enjoyed this podcast series, the delivery is engaging and the content interesting.
Thank you Elizabeth

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  • David M Sumner-Smith
  • 10-29-21

Recommended for men too

If more men listened to this & learned about periods & other aspects of women's lives, the world would be a happier place.

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