BBC launches sex positive podcast to inspire British Asian women to own their sexuality


Roya Eslami, Rubina Pabani, and Poppy Jay PHOTO/BBC

The BBC is launching a new podcast aimed at opening up conversations surrounding sex among British Asian women.

On Thursday, the broadcasting service will debut “Brown Girls Do It Too” hosted by Poppy Jay, Roya Eslami and Rubina Pabani, all of whom are committed to inspiring young women to talk openly about sex without feeling ashamed or restricted by cultural expectations.

The podcast takes a no holds barred approach to its subject matter, with episodes covering topics such as masturbation, virginity and orgasms.

The women themselves are from a diverse mix of backgrounds: Jay’s family is British-Bangladeshi, Pabani’s parents are from East Africa and Eslami’s mother and father are both Iranian.

By launching the podcast, the three women hope they will tackle some of the taboos about female sexuality in their respective cultures.

“A lot of British Asians in this country come from more traditional patriarchal backgrounds and being a woman means there are certain roles we must play – sultry sex goddess is not one of them,” Pabani tells The Independent.

But popular culture has a part to play too, the podcaster continues. “We’re not seen on screen in the UK unless we’re doctors in a soap or a scientist in Panorama, so it’s hugely important to highlight we are sexual beings too, in control of our bodies and with urges just like everybody else.

“Basically, we like sex – and not just to make babies, for pure pleasure – and that should not be a radical thing to say.”

Eslami explains how, “as a brown woman who was born and raised in Britain”, people are often shocked to find how open she is to discuss sex in detail.

“I’m tired of society looking at us as sexless,” the co-host continues. “The last brown girl I saw on TV had bombs strapped to her.”

The consequences of this, Jay explains, are that when you do become sexually active, it can lead to a constant feeling that you are doing something inherently wrong or disappointing your parents.

“It’s easy to get why so many women discuss sex, shame and guilt in the same sentence,” she says.

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