What fuels the Sex With Emily podcast host’s tireless drive? Simple: the not-so-modest goal of “changing the world one orgasm at a time.”
If Emily Morse isn’t hosting the most popular sex podcast on the internet (and she certainly gives the competition a run for their money), she’s definitely hosting one of the longest-running sex podcasts. Her Sex With Emily program first went online in 2005, during what Emily remembers as “the very first month of podcasting.” Whether or not that claim is a hundred percent accurate or just generally, sort of, for-the-most-part true, one thing about Emily Morse can’t be disputed: Of all the dirty perverts and filthy freaks talking about sex on the internet—whether on podcasts provocative or hilarious, titillating or tragic—Morse is one of the few with actual qualifications.
“I have an undergraduate psychology degree from the University of Michigan,” she says cheerfully on the phone, “and a doctorate in human sexuality from the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco.”
It’s not like Emily always aspired to be a sex expert though. As a young girl she knew she wanted to “help people,” so after her undergraduate career in the Midwest, Emily spent the next dozen years working in California politics.
“I believe that ‘communication is lubrication,’ and the more we can talk about sex and prioritize pleasure, the better sexual health and overall lives we’re all going to have.”
“My initial career was working for women and helping them get elected because there weren’t a lot of women in Congress at the time,” she explains. “My first job was working for U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, and then I worked for Willie Brown, the first African-American mayor of San Francisco.”