In Praise of My Dad Wrote a Porno

When most people hear the word podcast, they imagine politicians and academics discussing the mundane, and recording by using a dusty microphone, in an abandoned building’s dingy basement. Or they imagine their homophobic, racist uncle who just has to give his input on everything. Whatever the case, the majority of people think two things when it comes to podcasts: they’re pointless and they’re boring. And to be honest, that’s exactly what I used to think – that is, until I discovered My Dad Wrote A Porno.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the podcast, the concept is brilliantly simple: writer and producer, Jamie Morton, along with his friends, Alive Levine and James Cooper, reads a chapter of his Dad’s self-published erotic novel every week. His Dad’s work – published under the pseudonym Rocky Flintstone – is thrown out into the open for direct, hysterical, and blunt critique from all three of the podcasters.

The novel – entitled Belinda Blinked – follows Belinda Blumenthal as she advances both sexually and professionally within her career as a Sales Director for Steele’s Pots and Pans – a fictitious pots & pans company based in London. From the first few chapters of the book, listeners are exposed to: a job interview in which Belinda strips naked, hilarious anatomically inaccurate descriptions of body parts, and a charity tombola for an organisation known by no other name than the Asses and Donkey’s Trust. Listeners enjoy a narrative in which Belinda has impromptu sex everywhere, including hotel spas, mazes, lobbies, and even the company’s very own leather room. There’s no sane or coherent way to describe the book – it’s absolutely bonkers and unintentionally hilarious! Drawing on his career in sales, Rocky Flintstone paints a picture of corporate London that is full of spontaneous sex and characters with absurd accents – a refreshing alternative to the rather grim, bland reality.

What I believe makes this podcast truly exceptional is the fact that, unlike most porn, the sexual actions of characters are thrown out for direct scrutiny and critique! The podcasters enjoy banter over the novels strangely written nature, the inaccuracy of sexual descriptions, and the nature of each unique character. Whilst most porn goes without direct criticism, My Dad Wrote a Porno presents us with a potential of how modern-day porn ought to be – criticised and laughed at. Porn, whilst potentially healthy in moderation, is often sexist, discriminatory, and unrealistic. Belinda Blinked shatters these notions.

Equally as beautiful and admirable, whether intentional or not, is how sexually spontaneous and open Belinda is. The book features a strong female lead who will literally have sex with anyone; the podcast showcases a load of sexual spontaneity and engagement in all sort of activity with absolutely no mention – or care for – their respective sexualities. The world – whilst totally ridiculous and imaginary – is one that embraces sexual freedom and liberation. The podcast reminds us that sex isn’t meant to be perfect – it can be silly too; it inspires people to embrace mistakes, and realise that sex is supposed to be an enjoyable activity, not a perfect performance.

From its debut, the podcast attracted a great deal of praise and has listeners from all over the world. It’s established an entire community of so called ‘Belinkers’ and the term ‘Porno Monday’ is one that anyone within the community is bound to know. My Dad Wrote a Porno is a great way to feel a whole lot better if you’re ever feeling down; it’ll have you dying of laughter within seconds. If you listen to it on the tube, however, be prepared to have a lot of trouble holding yourself together. All in all, My Day Wrote a Porno shows us that sex is just a natural part of life – one that we could all afford to take a little less seriously and enjoy a little bit more.

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