Kristen Ghodsee interview



Total Liberation Podcast, “Love & Sex in a Capitalist Hellscape: Decommodifying our Relationships w. Dr. Kristen Ghodsee,” November 10, 2022.

Revolutionary Left Radio, Kristen Ghodsee, Red Valkyries: Feminist Lessons from Five Revolutionary Women, October 10, 2022

The Method Podcast with Rebecca Amsellem. Episode 4: Repairing Our Desires. [In English and French] May 10, 2022.

Catalan TV3, “La Fi de l’Amor,” November 29, 2021 [In Catalan]

Reimagining Soviet Georgia Podcast, “Episode 11: Social Consequences of the End of Socialism with Kristen Ghodsee and Mitchell Orenstein,” November 4, 2021

Jacobin Radio, Long Reads: Kristen Ghodsee on the Lost World of Bulgarian Communism, September 25, 2021

Overdetermined: A Rethinking Marxism Podcast, Vol. 1, Episode 2, September 24, 2021

Le Monde Diplomatique, Podcast with George Miller: The forgotten chapter of the women’s movement, July 14, 2021

National Public Radio, Throughline Podcast, “Capitalism: What Is It?” June 24, 2021

Book Discussion: Maria Todorova, "The Lost World of Socialists at Europe's Margins", Ohio State University, June 14, 2021

Foreign Policy Research Institute, "Taking Stock of Shock: Social Consequences of the 1989 Revolutions," with Mitchell A. Orenstein, June 7, 2021

Bruno Kreisky Forum “Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism: Tessa Szyszkowitz in conversation with Kristen R. Ghodsee," Vienna, Austria , May 12, 2021

New York State Writer’s Institute, “Socialism in the Age of AOC & Bernie Sanders: A Conversation with Bhaskar Sunkara & Kristen Ghodsee, March 16, 2021

Last Born in the Wilderness Podcast, “Red Nostalgia: Post-Soviet Europe & Arguments For Economic Independence w/ Kristen Ghodsee,” March 15, 2021

Jacobin Talks, “The Socialist History of International Women’s Day,” March 8, 2021

The Katie Halper Show Podcast, “Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism,” March 8, 2021

Revolutionary Left Radio Podcast, Interview with Kristen Ghodsee, “Socialist Feminism, Class Struggle, and the Cold War.” 7 March 2021

Democratic Socialists of America International Committee, Socialist Feminist Working Group, and Lux Magazine, “Love and Sex Behind the Iron Curtain: The Experience of 20th Century State Socialism in Eastern Europe,” March 7, 2021

It's Not All in Your Head Podcast, "Sex Feels Better When all of Your Basic Needs are Met." February 17, 2021

Capitalism Hits Home Podcast with Dr. Harriet Fraad and Juliana Forlano, "Kristen Ghodsee on the Decommodification of Sex - Part 1," February 4, 2021

Economic Update with Richard Wolff, "Why Women Have Better Sex in Socialism." February 1, 2021

The Michael Brooks Show, "Sex and Gender on the Left," January 5, 2021

AnthroPod, The Podcast of the Society for Cultural Anthropology, “Socialism, Spies, and Serendipity: Katherine Verdery and Kristen Ghodsee on Anthropology and Epistemic Change,” November 15, 2020

Not What You Thought You Knew Podcast, “The Night Witches and the Fighting Women of the Soviet Union.” September 29, 2020

The Vast Majority Podcast, “Why you should an anti-anti-communist,” September 18, 2020

The Hotbed Collective, “Do Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism?” June 3, 2020

Radio New Zealand, “How we count women’s work is discussed at the 2020 New Zealand Arts Festival,” May 17, 2020

Radio New Zealand, “Kim Hill speaks with Dr Kristen Ghodsee about her book Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism,” April 12, 2020

Radio New Zealand, “Sex and Socialism. When Unregulated Capitalism Kills the Mood.” November 29, 2019

Catalanyu Radio, “Per què les dones de països comunistes gaudien més del sexe?” November 24, 2019 [Catalán]

Radio RaBe Berne, “Warum Frauen im Sozialismus besseren Sex haben - Und andere Argumente für ökonomische Unabhängigkeit,” October 27, 2019 [Deutsche]

AnthroPod, The Podcast of the Society for Cultural Anthropology, “Anthropologists as Public Intellectuals: Ruth Behar in Conversation with Kristen Ghodsee,” August 15, 2019

New Books Network: East European Studies, “Red Hangover: Legacies of 20th Century Communism,” June 27, 2019

The Order of Things podcast, “Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism,” June 25, 2019

New Books Network: East European Studies, “Second World, Second Sex.” June 20, 2019

Office Hours Podcast with Brandon Baker, “A Conversation with Kristen Ghodsee,” February 13, 2019

Little Atoms Podcast with Neil Denny, “Kristen Ghodsee’s Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism,” February 11, 2019

History Hit Podcast with Dan Snow, “Sex and Socialism with Professor Ghodsee,” February 9, 2019

VIDEO: PBS Newshour, "Could Socialist policies give American women better lives?" January 3, 2019

Behind the News with Doug Henwood: “Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism,” November 29, 2018

Season of the Bitch Podcast, November 11, 2018, “Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism.”

The Cut podcast with Molly Fischer, November 6, 2018 “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

KIRO Radio, Seattle's Morning New with Dave Ross, July 3, 2018. MP3 Clip: "Prof Kristen Ghodsee from UPenn on democratic socialism and the generation gap"

Jacobin Radio: "Behind the News with Doug Henwood: Anti-Communism," May  21, 2018

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, The Sunday Edition with Michael Enright, "Are the labels 'right' and 'left' still useful shorthand for political belief?" February 25, 2018

KPFA Radio, Berkeley. "Behind the News with Doug Henwood." November 23, 2017

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, The Sunday Edition with Michael Enright, "What the legacy of the Russian Revolution means for socialism today," November 12, 2017. MP3 Clip: CBC Interview November 2017

KIRO Radio, Seattle's Morning New with Dave Ross, August 25, 2017. MPS Clip: "Advances for women under Cold War communist regimes."

KPFA Radio, Berkeley. "Behind the News with Doug Henwood," August 17, 2017.

KIRO Radio, Seattle's Morning News with Dave Ross, August 16, 2017. MP3 Clip: "Lessons of the Cold War that apply today."

Радио Свобода, “Путин в юбке делу не поможет,” May 5, 2017

Northeast Public Radio, "Academic Minute:  The Left Side of History," May 1, 2015

"Wer hört heute noch auf Karl Marx im Osten Europas?," Deutschlandradio Kultur, 2 November 2015 (in German)

"New Podcast features Dr. Kristen Ghodsee" American Anthropological Association

"The Hunger Games, Revisited" with Aviva Briefel

"Sixth Bulgarian Sets Himself on Fire to Protest Poverty," an interview with Marco Werman on the BBC/PRI radio program, The World

"Sixth Fire Suicide in Bulgaria," Interview on Voice of Russia (UK Edition), March 21, 2013

Kristen Ghodsee discusses communist mass women's organizations on ILO TV

"The Fall of Communism in Bulgaria" with Lisa Mullins on the BBC/PRI radio program, The World

"Nostalgia for Communism" on Northeast Public Radio

"Understanding post-communist nostalgia," with David Redmon and Ashley Sabin of Carnivalesque Films

"Bulgarian Muslims" with Lisa Mullins on the BBC/PRI radio program, The World

"The Red Riviera"  with George Liston Seay on Dialogue



Наталья Ломыкина, Антрополог Кристен Годси о том, как капитализм стал главным врагом рождаемости,, December 16, 2021

Daniel Finn, “The Lost World of Bulgarian Communism: An Interview with Kristen Ghodsee,Jacobin Magazine, December 13, 2021

«Pourquoi Les Femmes Ont Davantage D’orgasmes En Régime Socialiste»: Interview De Kristen Ghodsee,, December 5, 2021

Begoña Gómez Urzaiz, La escritora que cree que el capitalismo es el peor enemigo del orgasmo femenino,El País Semanal, November 30, 2021

Rebecca Amsellem, « Les femmes sont vues comme des utérus ambulants », une conversation sur l’égalité salariale, Alexandra Kollontaï et l’amour avec Kristen Ghodsee, Le Glorieuses, October 20, 2021

Judit Betran, “Kristen R. Ghodsee: "A las aplicaciones de citas no les interesa que tengas buen sexo" El Periódico, October 11, 2021

Guiseppe Pavino, “"El socialisme d’estat va ser terrible en algunes coses, però beneficiós en d’altres,” La Directa, October 7, 2021

Emma Pons Valls, “Als països socialistes les relacions personals eren millors: era una manera de viure, October 4, 2021

Sílvia Marimon Molas, Kristen Ghodsee: "Las parejas que comparten la crianza de los hijos tienen mejores relaciones sexuales"“ Ara, October 2, 2021

Xavi Ayén, ¿Tienen las mujeres mejor sexo bajo el socialismo?, La Vanguardia, September 30, 2021

Sandra Vicente, Kristen Ghodsee: “El capitalismo no respeta a las madres, pero nos necesita, ¿quién va a comprar iPhone si dejamos de tener bebés?” El Salto, September 30, 2021

Gislle Nath, “Interview: Kristen Ghodsee, ‘Vrouwen die seks niet moeten ruilen voor economische zekerheid zijn gelukkiger in bed’De Standaard, September 18, 2021

Megan Day, French Translation of earlier interview: “Pourquoi les femmes ont une meilleure vie sexuelle sous le socialisme. Entretien avec Kristen Ghodsee”, June 28, 2021


Братерский Александр, “Профессор Кристен Годси: "Феминизм сегодня стал ругательным словом", 8 March 2021

Julia Vladimirova, “Американската етнографка Кристен Годси: За социализма, женските движения и секса,”, January 4, 2021

Joëlle Smets, “Quand sexe rime avec socialisme! Le Soir, November 20, 2020

Maria Wiesner, „Guter Sex ist die ultimative Kritik am KonsumFrankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, October 2, 2020

Polina Aronson, Кристен Годси: «Америка единолично переписала историю феминизма: это был классический империализм» September 30, 2020

Meagan Day and Micah Uetricht, “What Democratic Socialists Should Think About Anti-Communism: An Interview with Kristen Ghodsee and Scott Sehon, Jacobin Magazine, September 27, 2020


Iva Rudnikova, “Какво е "истински" българ/ин/ка” Kapital, 10 July 2020

Roberto Sirvemt, BAR Book Forum: Kristen R. Ghodsee’s “Second World, Second Sex,” Black Agenda Report, June 17, 2020

Alexandra Jones, “Left unchecked, capitalism will ruin human relationships forever,The Face, March 17, 2020

Cornelia Meyer, “ “Der späte Erfolg des Sozialismus: Warum in Osteuropa mehr Frauen in Tech-Berufen arbeiten,Business Insider Germany, March 8, 2020

Kristen de Groot, “The history behind International Women’s Day,” Penn Today, March 6, 2020

Juli Katz, „Care-Arbeit sollte staatlich organisiert werdenTAZ, March 2, 2020

Celia Parbey, "Kristen R. Ghodsee: „Der Kapitalismus macht Frauen abhängig und betrachtet sie als eine Art Ware“ Edition F, Feburary 3, 2020

Eefje Goossen, “Pourquoi les femmes ont-elles de meilleures relations sexuelles sous le socialisme?, January 24, 2020

Sonja Eismann, “Ist der Kommunismus so böse?konkret, heft 12/2019

Angela Waters, “Why East Germany was for Lovers.” Sleek Magazine, November 9, 2019

Mathieu Magnaudeix, “Le sexe socialiste, et si c’était mieux?, November 9, 2019

Konstantin Nowotny, „Sex ist Konsum“ der Freitag, October 31, 2019

Fátima Elidrissi, Kristen Ghodsee: “El capitalism afecta nuestras vidas e incluso a nuestras experiencias sexuales,” The Objective, October 21, 2019

Sara Pérez, Kristen Ghodsee: “Las relaciones heterosexuales siempre serán más equitativas en las sociedades que apoyen la independencia económica de ellasLa Línea de Fuego, October 17, 2019

Nuria Alabao, “Cuando los hombres contribuyen de manera más justa al trabajo doméstico las parejas tienen más sexoRevista Contexto, October 9, 2019

Mónica Zas, “Por qué el capitalismo se cargó el orgasmo femenino,” El Diario, October 3, 2019

Tony Pecinovsky, “‘Intersectional before it was cool’: The women’s movement under state socialism.” People’s World, October 3, 2019

Sophia Benoit, "How Socialism Improves Sex Lives," GQ Magazine, May 15, 2019.

Angela Waters, "Why the Marxist history of International Women’s Day matters," Sleek Magazine: Berlin, March 7, 2019

Maria Bucur, “Socialism and the Future of Gender Justice, Part 2,”, February 15, 2019

Maria Bucur, “Socialism and the Future of Gender Justice, Part 1,”, February 14, 2019

"The Scholar Behind Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism" Penn Today, January 18, 2019.

No Scrubs.” Jacobin Magazine, November 29, 2018

Red Handed,” Bitch Media, November 21, 2018

Capitalism in Ruining Your Sex Life,” The Cut, November 15, 2018

"Seeing shades of grey in the red," OMNIA, January 25, 2018

"Sex war im Sozialismus besser," General-Anzeiger, 2 Oktober 2017

Mathew Reisz, "Books Interview: Kristen Ghodsee," Times Higher Education, October 12, 2017

Judith Langowski, "The history of communist feminism. An interview with Kristen Ghodsee", October 4, 2017

Judith Langowski, “Osteuropäische Feministen: „Heftige, rechte Gegenreaktionen”” 21.08.2017

"Wofür kämpfen wir heute noch?" uniCross, July 14, 2015

"Kristen Ghodsee"  Vagabond Magazine, No. 87/88, 2013-2014: pages 20-23  (pdf)

Кристeн Годси: "Българските жени са приспособими, упорити и готови да поемат и най-големите предизвикателства"

Една американка с болка за България, Sega, 16 February 2002

Ghodsee's Bulgarian Studies Draw Wide Support


Other media (selected)

"Top Four Reads for the Red Centennial,", October 2, 2017

"Le sexe était meilleur à l’ère soviétique", 29 September 2017

"Kalter Krieg, heisser Sex," Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 25 August 2017

"Warum DDR-Frauen den besseren Sex hatten" Tages-Anzeiger, 22 August 2017

"Syrian Refugees Flood Bulgaria, Expose Flaws in EU Refugee Policy," Voice of American News, Cecily Hilleary, January 13, 2014

"The old ones die, and the young ones go abroad." The Washington Times, Sunday, December 26, 2004.