Have you ever wondered if your mom jerks off? If anyone else in the world learned to masturbate with a My Little Pony? Or if other women at work are sneaking off to the bathroom to go rub one out? The answer to all of these questions is a resounding 'YES!' The face of masturbation does not have to be Jason Biggs, it could in fact be your mom's.
Ménage à Moi is a podcast about women who do themselves, hosted by writer, curator, artist, mother, and avid masturbator Chelsea Beck. Every other week listen in as Chelsea has a candid, enlightening, and funny conversation with a different woman about how masturbation fits into her life and shapes her well being. To some it's like brushing their teeth to others it can be like a trip to the dentist. Ménage à Moi listeners will laugh and cry along with all kinds of women as they talk to Chelsea, sharing details, thoughts, and observations on masturbation that may otherwise be left unheard or, worse, unsaid.
For years Chelsea worked at art museums, including the Menil Collection in Houston, and The Broad and the Hammer in Los Angeles. In 2016, married with two young sons, she decided to begin writing a book that she had been thinking about for a long time, “a masturbation memoir” she called it. While working on the memoir, Chelsea began to discuss masturbation more casually and was amazed at how many women willingly, eagerly even, shared their tales of masturbation with her. Their experiences were funny, awkward, touching, all so different, and something Chelsea had rarely heard before. It became clear that women were poised to share their autoerotic adventures more openly. Sure, friends share weird sex stories frequently, but masturbation, that doesn’t come up so much, even though most people probably jerk off way more than they have sex with other people. Identity, creativity, fantasy, power, relationships, motherhood, age—big interesting important things—were recurring motifs in every story. So Chelsea thought, why not record these conversations about masturbation and share them with the world? The Ménage à Moi podcast was born!
The music featured on Ménage à Moi is by Anni Rossi, a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer based in Brooklyn. She is a classically trained-turned-punk viola player who studied composition at Cal Arts. Rossi’s repertoire includes strumming her one-of-a-kind electric viola-guitar (crafted out of a tree branch by the mighty Thor Harris of Swans,) composing music for Berlin Sun Theater at The Whitney Museum, euphonious pop harmonizing, dirty Aaliyah-inspired RnB jams, film scoring, and working with producer Steve Albini.
She will release her third studio album co-produced by Bobb Bruno (Best Coast) in early 2018 as well as an EP tracked at the Magic Shop in its final days. Head over to annirossi.bandcamp.com to find the song featured on Ménage à Moi and many other sonic delights from Rossi's sensual and lo-fi mixtape entitled "HER."
The artwork featured on the website is by Jennifer Sullivan, a New York-based interdisciplinary artist. Solo exhibitions include Revenge Body at Five Car Garage, Los Angeles, CA (2016), House Cat at Arts + Leisure, New York, NY, (2015), Big Girl Paintings, Five Car Garage, Los Angeles, CA (2014), Adult Movie, Las Cienegas Projects, Los Angeles, CA (2011), and One-Week Walden, Freight + Volume, New York, NY (2010). Sullivan has also exhibited and performed in exhibitions at NADA NY, MoMA PS1, Essex Flowers, Pablo's Birthday, 247365, Klaus Von Nichtsaggend, and Arthouse. Awards include a fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center, and residencies at Skowhegan, Ox-Bow, and Yaddo. Her work has been reviewed in the NY Times, Artforum, and Art Papers, and her videos are included in the Geisel Library collection at the University of California in San Diego. She is represented by Five Car Garage in Los Angeles, CA. For more info visit: http://www.jennifersullivan.org/