RERELEASE: Sugarbabies, Sexperts and CW Stars

Why are we rereleasing this episode? TO CELEBRATE NEWLY MINTED Ph.D. SHAWNA, our resident sexpert on this episode.

On this episode of Make Out Already, we discuss the movie The New Romantic, which you can currently stream on Netflix. It’s about a college student who enters into a mutually beneficial relationship so she can document her sugarbaby experiences in hopes of winning a journalism grant. We’ll talk about whether the movie fits the criteria for a romance and what the movie says about the genre, and we’ll bring in an expert to talk about the movie’s exploration of sex work through an academic lens. We’ll go off on tangents about time travel, disagree heatedly about Brett Dier, and declare our undying love for the BDE of one Camila Mendes. We would very much like to thank our guest this episode, our resident sexpert @shawna_felkins, PhD candidate in gender and women’s studies, sex work researcher, and all-around badass.

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To make the Hopeless Romantic Float, use Fentimans Traditional Rose Lemonade (Liz got hers from Target) and homemade vanilla ice cream. For the ice cream, she used a 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk, a cup of milk, and a teaspoon of vanilla. Stir the ingredients together, chill for 30 minutes before putting into an ice cream maker for 10 to 20 minutes, then store in the freezer for a few hours. If you don’t have an ice cream maker, just put the mixture straight in the freezer. Add two scoops to your prettiest glass, pour the lemonade over the ice cream, and sip while daydreaming about your crush. Spike it if you wanna! This was decadent and so delicious.

Need a little excitement but maybeee don’t want to go as far as getting drugged by your roommate? Us too. Try these Cupcakes for Two. Use @howsweeteats recipe at and add a little food coloring (instead of molly 😉).

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