New York Magazine’s ‘Sex Lives’ Podcast: Why Are Balls Having a Cultural Moment?

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Have you heard of Chocolate City? On the off chance you haven’t heard of it, seen it, and submitted its nomination for an Oscar, it’s a fantastic movie that some have called theblack Magic Mike.” On this week’s “Sex Lives,” Maureen O’Connor, Allison P. Davis, and David Wallace Wells discuss why the genius of this male stripper movie far surpasses anything Steven Soderbergh could dream up (spoiler alert: It has basically everything to do with Tyson Beckford’s body rolls).

The second half of the show focuses on another part of the male anatomy that’s having a bit of a cultural moment: the balls. Are we in the throes of a veritable ball renaissance? Is that why men keep tapping other men on the balls? And finally, the episode ends with a mildly disturbing attempt to convince listeners that is actually an incredibly romantic business exchange. Hear us out.

A new episode of “Sex Lives” can be found each Wednesday on iTunes or SoundCloud.

Why Are Balls Having a Cultural Moment?