Sociology’s Amy Schalet Interviewed by Elizabeth Banks on New Podcast
Amy Schalet, associate professor of sociology, was interviewed by Elizabeth Banks on the acclaimed actor’s new podcast, “My Body, My Podcast,” available exclusively through Amazon’s Audible Plus service.
Schalet, the author of the 2011 book “Not Under My Roof: Parents, Teens, and the Culture of Sex,” was the lead guest Banks spoke with in the second episode of the podcast, which debuted July 29. They discuss the stigma surrounding sex and the dangers of abstinence-only education, among other topics.
Banks, who believes that sex education is a lifelong pursuit that when done well, has the power to transform lives and society itself, created “My Body, My Podcast” as a type of “continuing education class” in which she invites listeners to join. The podcast, which currently has six episodes available for download, mixes autobiography and information, creating an open space to talk about all things sex and sexuality. Throughout, Banks provides personal stories from her life and confronts important and difficult questions, such as why young people are separated by gender during sex ed, the meaning of “intimate justice,” how women can take control of their pleasure, whether we can break the cycle of generational shame and how we can talk to kids and young people about all of these issues.
A Massachusetts native, Banks is an actor, producer, writer and director known for roles spanning comedy and drama on both film and television. A three-time Emmy nominee for her recurring roles in “30 Rock” and “Modern Family,” she 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.