In this episode, our guest Dr. Seth LeJac, a historian specializing in sexual and gender diversity in the British Navy, takes us on a journey through the 15th to 19th centuries. We delve into the intriguing story of Captain Edward Rigby, a queer naval captain in the late 17th century who faced a moral reform organization's entrapment plot and subsequent trial.
Despite same-sex relationships being technically illegal during this time, punishments were often minor, and many sailors managed to avoid trials or receive lenient punishments. We explore the unique dynamics of same-sex relationships on ships, where sailors believed they could engage in sexual activities even in close quarters.
Dr. LeJac sheds light on the cleanliness standards at sea, which were vastly different from today, and how people engaged in sexual encounters regardless of hygiene. We also discuss the portrayal of queer characters in literature, specifically in the context of the Age of Sail. One such character, Captain Wiffle, is depicted as flamboyant and effeminate, accompanied by his lover, Mr. Simper.
Throughout the episode, we emphasize the importance of reclaiming and celebrating queer history. Dr. LeJac shares their experiences researching queer sailors at the National Maritime Museum and provides valuable insights into the challenges and rewards of uncovering historical records related to queer history.
Join us as we explore the fascinating world of queer sailors in the British Navy, and discover the rich and diverse history that has often been overlooked.
In this captivating episode, host Jonathan Van Ness welcomes Dr. Helen Fisher, a renowned biological anthropologist and expert on love and relationships. Together, they embark on a journey to understand the intricacies of love.
Dr. Fisher explains that love is a universal human experience and delves into the different stages of love, including lust, attraction, and attachment. She unravels the role of hormones, such as dopamine and oxytocin, in shaping our experience of love.
During the conversation, Dr. Fisher explores the concept of "love addiction" and its impact on relationships. She highlights the interplay between biology and culture, emphasizing how our genetics and upbringing influence our understanding and expression of love.
Dr. Fisher shares fascinating insights from her research on the brain activity of individuals in love, revealing how it differs from those who are not in love. Additionally, she discusses the influence of technology and online dating on modern relationships.
Join us as we dive into the science behind love and gain a deeper understanding of this complex and beautiful human emotion.