You might not know his name yet, but Rowdie Walden is on a mission to help Australians have better sex.
The 26-year-old Indigenous Australian is the host of Spotify’s new podcast Search Engine Sex, a show that sets out to answer the awkward questions many of us are too afraid to ask, an idea he came up with back in 2018.
In the three episodes that have dropped on the streaming platform, Walden has been having honest conversations with various experts based on basic bedroom questions we’ve been typing into our search engines.
It seems the helpful bedroom tips are proving popular with listeners, with Walden revealing one couple confessed to using the podcast in an “unexpected way”.
“I created Search Engine Sex for the curious people that might be a little bit embarrassed asking their friends these questions, or just needed a little reassurance,” he said.
“The response so far has been so heartwarming. I got a lovely message from a couple who say they listen together and have used it as foreplay.
“An unexpected turn of events, but I’m not mad about it.”
Walden has also gone to great lengths to ensure everyone of all sexual orientations are catered for.
From self-pleasure tips for men and women to discussing a little-known term “outercourse” which describes non-penetrative sexual activity, Walden wants to make sure no one is left out.
“A lot of sex content I’ve come across has a heterosexual context to it, and if that doesn’t relate to you, you have to fill in the gaps on your own,” he said.
“I’ve found that the narrative we are fed about sex in pop culture is always the same, which doesn’t really address the reality of what sex is, and can leave a lot of us feeling excluded from the conversation.”
In order to achieve this level of inclusiveness, each episode is genital based rather than gender based yet, so no matter how you identify there will be something in the episode you can relate to.
During his research, Walden discovered the most Googled sex question was a very basic one: How to have sex?
Though that may surprise you, he said the reason people turn to the internet to decipher the answer is down to the fact sex is still a very private matter.
“It is a basic question, one which I always thought was innate. Like an animal instinct within us all – turns out it isn’t,” he said,
“There is a lot that comes with sex, a lot of it we’re not taught or isn’t talked about.
“I think for a lot of people, sex is still a very private matter, especially if they have concerns or questions about something they think is abnormal.”
Despite living in a digital age where answers can me found at the touch of your finger tips, Walden said when it comes to sex it is very “basic”.
Which is where he hopes Search Engine Sex will bridge the gap.
“I want to fill the knowledge gap around sex, and help normalise the conversations that previously, we’ve only felt comfortable discussing with our search bar.”
He admits many of the things Australians are searching in relation to sex “surprised” him.
But there’s one sexual position question he’s been asked about multiple times: “What is a butter churner?”
“Oh boy! If I had a dollar for every time I was asked that …” he said.
If you want to find out exactly what it involves, you can stream Search Engine Sex on Spotify now.
Originally published as Couple’s X-rated note stuns host