Dying for Sex follows the intimate conversations between host Nikki Boyer and her best friend, Molly, who has just left her unhappy marriage of 15 years. The two bring listeners along on Molly’s journey of wild, weird, freeing, and thrilling sexual adventures, as she seeks to find herself as a 40-something-year-old hot new single. Sadly, amongst all of that, Molly is also dying of Stage IV breast cancer.
Released in 2020, this six-episode podcast is funny and honest and absolutely devastating. You really don’t expect sexting or tickle fetishes to poignantly explore what it means to be alive – but Nikki and Molly do so with charisma, wit, and such vulnerability that sometimes it feels wrong to keep listening.
Equal parts healing and heart-breaking, Dying for Sex is something special. It’s a podcast about sex and love and dying and living. It’s about feet-worship and ballbusting (in one episode, at least). Above all, it’s about the friendship between two women who adore each other, sitting in front of a microphone sharing scandalous gossip and trauma and making sense of a senseless illness, together. It’s about loss. And it’s a gift.
Heads-up: the final episode is profound and life-affirming. I used to think of myself as an emotionless, stone-cold bitch – but I heard it and sobbed.
It’s been a year since I finished Dying for Sex, and—given this review—I haven’t really stopped thinking about it since. You won’t either.
“It’s about loss. And it’s a gift.”