A Conversation With ‘Guys We Fucked’ Co-Host Krystyna Hutchinson
The 53rd podcast in iTunes’ Top Charts is the only one of its kind. You can’t miss it sandwiched between Remarkable Lives. Tragic Deaths. and Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, The MMQB Podcast. An attention-grabbing name like Guys We F****d (censored on iTunes) would spark curiosity no matter what, but the self-proclaimed anti slut-shaming podcast’s popularity stems from so much more than a catchy name.
Guys We Fucked is a pioneer in normalizing female sexuality. Every week, hosts Krystyna Hutchinson and Corinne Fisher go into candid detail about their sex lives to an audience of more than 616 thousand SoundCloud followers. The podcast’s name originates from the fact that they literally interview the guys they’ve had sex with. They also touch on social issues, read emails from listeners in an unabashedly honest (but never brutal) advice column-esque fashion, and bring on guests like Mike Birbiglia. Through it all, the goal is simple: honest conversation about sex for a more sex positive world.
The best part? A former Penn State student is at the helm. You’ve probably heard of her podcast, but you might not know co-host Krystyna Hutchinson attended Penn State for “one of the most fun years” of her life.
“Penn State is like Disneyland for the late teens – early twenties crowd…I was so sad to leave but I knew I wanted to be interning in New York City,” she said.
Clearly, it paid off. Hutchinson transferred to Marymount Manhattan College and eventually landed an internship with Saturday Night Live. She hasn’t forgotten her Penn State days, though, and her freshman year was probably a lot like yours. She’s even nostalgic about Vlad, a necessary evil for any freshman girl who goes to frats and doesn’t like beer.
“’I’ll never forget this…we’d take our vladdy out of the freezer and get some chasers then we’d lock our dorm room door, pull out a plastic bin, and just take four or five shots before we went out…this is why I can’t do shots anymore.”
Raise your hand if you haven’t been personally victimized by King Vladimir. Celebrities: They’re just like us.
In the podcast, Hutchinson routinely speaks out against rape culture, an unfortunate reality on college campuses across the nation. Luckily the extent of her personal sketchy experiences on campus is a 2 a.m. make out with a rando at Canyon. In retrospect, she can’t believe how unaware she was about the prevalence of rape and sexual assault — especially compared to what she knows now.
When she went to UNC for a Ted Talk, a student took her on a tour and casually referred to one fraternity as the “rape house,” and Hutchinson was taken aback by the nonchalance of it all. She feels Penn State would be safer if sorority houses existed. And no, the myth that Penn State has brothel laws disallowing this is not true. Another idea she has to combat sexual assault is a mandatory college course on the matter, one more focused on the emotional damage rape can inflict on a victim.
“If all the students understood the seriousness around sexual assault and what it does to your soul and how it strips you of your humanity, people would take that issue so much more seriously. When a college doesn’t do anything [or mishandles sexual assault] to uphold a clean and shiny reputation, it is doing so much more damage than good,” she said.
Penn State has a permanent place in the Doylestown, PA native’s heart, and the Sandusky scandal devastated her. Her years discussing sexual taboo give her an interesting perspective on how such an atrocity could’ve happened.
“We get some emails from people who were molested as children. I know Penn State is so much beyond that incident, but this is now something that’s a part of its reputation,” she said. “Now that I know what I know about taboo sexual topics, it makes so much sense that no one said anything. No one talks pedophilia — everyone is petrified to even say the word. There’s no research on it, no resources someone who is struggling with it can use.”
Hutchinson flips the switch from hilarious to eloquent so fluidly that you can tell the Guys We Fucked podcasts aren’t scripted. They just sit down and start talking, relying on chemistry and maybe a note or two from the previous week. The switch from funny to serious happens naturally, and revolves around a general anti-slut shaming mentality.
This crusade is hardly smooth sailing. Hutchinson gets around 1,000 emails a week. The feedback is a double-edged sword that is both her favorite and least favorite part of the gig.
“My favorite part of this is listeners just opening up to us and telling us things, sometimes their deepest secrets. We’re just doing the most simple thing — talking honestly — and because of that, people feel like they can open up and take some weight off their own shoulders. I think that’s an honor. It’s kind of like Humans of New York but with sex.”
To her, the worst part is “assholes in the Facebook comments,” but she’s gained a sense of humor about that. She’s reduced hateful commenters as cowards who would never actually say those things to her face. At the end of the day, people will always listen to your words through a lens of their own experiences.
The podcast has gained such a large following that Hutchinson has a few huge announcements lined up for Friday, a day she and Fisher coined “Guys We Fucked” day. There will be three announcements involving future episodes of the podcast among other projects.
No matter what, you can be sure these projects revolve around honest conversation — the demand for it is what restores Hutchinson’s faith in humanity.