Gigi Engle, 26, and Mike Fishbein, 30, East Village
Gigi Engle is a self-described slut, but that hasn’t stopped her from being in a happily monogamous relationship. For the past two-and-a-half years, she’s been committed to Mike Fishbein, and together they run a weekly podcast, Dirty Sexy Monogamy, during which they tackle relationship issues and, yes, lots of sex-related material.
The couple’s Alphabet City pad is “literally covered with sex toys” of all shapes, sizes and orificial uses that eager companies ship to her to try out, says Engle, a sex writer. “Mike got really excited about a ridged, curved five-pound G-spot stimulator,” she adds. “It’s legitimately the weight and size of an infant. He saw this thing that would scare the shit out of most guys and wants to try it, and that makes me more attracted to him and makes our relationship a lot stronger.”
When Engle met Fishbein, she was hooking up a lot (“I went on a lot of dates to get dick and dinner,” she says) and just getting into sex writing. Fishbein’s total support of Engle’s unabashed, public sexuality (the only thing he’s said no to is making wax molds of their genitals for all internet users to see) is why they work. “She has a really large social following and writes about some rather risqué topics, so it’s certainly broadened my horizons,” says Fishbein, who is the cofounder of a marketing agency. “It comes with some challenges, like awkward conversations at family gatherings, but it’s been great overall. She’s able to be creative every day, and she’s really happy, and that is really beneficial to the relationship and to me.”
Because they’re such a bonded pair, friends often ask them for advice. “One day I was like, ‘Why don’t we just start a podcast?’ ” says Engle. So they did. Readers send in questions, and the two discuss sexuality, gender politics and relationship issues each week. “Every time we sit down, I learn more about Gigi, and she learns more about me. I really appreciate having that time,” says Fishbein. Excuse us, there’s just some dust in our eyes.