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Welcome to the podcast where we answer the questions that just won’t fly in polite society. Join us as we dig into taboo topics like how much you make, how you lost your v-card, and how you poop. We’re making our grandma’s blush with these rude questions and can’t wait for you to join us.
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In honor of the most gluttonous holiday of the year, we're throwing back to our episode all about eating so much we die.Gluttony might put our immortal soul in danger, but what about our physical bodies? We've all eaten so much we feel like we might explode, but can we eat enough in one sitting to kill us? That's the question we dig into this episode, exploring if we can push our tummies past their breaking points, how our bodies protect us from that grizzly fate and three gruesome stories of when it failed.Email us your impolite questions, or any other impolite thoughts at rude@impolitesociety.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.Sources:Food Cravings- How Stuff WorksGulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach 
Nothing says Thanksgiving like gathering around a giant, roasted turkey. But did you ever stop to think why Turkey is on the menu rather than horse dog or cat? Food taboos are complicated and vary greatly by geography. There are no cultural universals when it comes to what animals are and aren't on the menu.Today, we're uncovering food taboos around the world. How some unlucky critters ended up as diet staples and what role religion plays in shaping our dinner plates. That's what you're digging into today on impolite society.Email us your impolite questions at rude@impolitesociety.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.SOURCES:Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It's So Hard to Think Straight About Animals , Hal HerzogFood taboos: their origins and purposesWhy These Animals? - The GastropodThe Juicy History of Humans Eating Meat, HistoryWhat the 'meat paradox' reveals about moral decision making, BBCDo You Eat Dog?,  TasteA recipe for friendship: Similar food consumption promotes trust and cooperationEvolutionary models of in-group favoritismThe Abominable PigNew study doubles the estimate of bird species in the worldMammals, National Wildlife Federation
Is Monogamy a Dead End?

Is Monogamy a Dead End?

2021-11-0801:07:28

What do you do, when two just won't do? A rude question from Rocky of Wild Nights with Rocky Powell sends our gals into the world of polyamory. But this isn't your grandma's swingers club. Polyamory centers around the idea of engaging in meaningful, romantic and physical relationships with multiple partners, turning the very core of our monogamous world up-side-down.Are polyamorist showing us an enlightened, co-dependent free life, or can you really have your cake and eat it too.  Explore what polyamory means, what the lifestyle entails and if it can make you happier, all to get to the bottom of the rude question: is monogamy a dead end?Email us your impolite questions at rude@impolitesociety.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.Check out Rocky's amazing show Wild Nights with Rocky Powell and let her know we sent you!  Sources:Poly Economics—Capitalism, Class, and Polyamory on JSTOR (slpl.org)Willingness of Emerging Adults to Engage in Consensual Non-Monogamy: A Mixed-Methods Analysis | SpringerLinkReasons for sex and relational outcomes in consensually nonmonogamous and monogamous relationships: A self-determination theory approach - Jessica Wood, Serge Desmarais, Tyler Burleigh, Robin Milhausen, 2018 (sagepub.com) The association of an open relationship orientation with health and happiness in a sample of older US adults: Sexual and Relationship Therapy: Vol 30, No 1 (tandfonline.com)Prevalence of Experiences With Consensual Nonmonogamous Relationships: Findings From Two National Samples of Single Americans - PubMed (nih.gov) (PDF) Consensual Nonmonogamy: Psychological Well-Being and Relationship Quality Correlates (researchgate.net) 
Even in the age of science and reason, we’re all still fascinated by stories of specters from the beyond. Ghosts may be easily dismissed as folklore or superstition in the light of day, But our tune changes in the middle of the night. It’s dark, you’re all alone, and the things that seem impossible in the sunlight are suddenly very, very real. In our Halloween episode, we’re recording at one of the most haunted places in America to ask ourselves: Why do we still believe in ghosts? We’re digging into the history of visitors from beyond the grave, the potential explanations science has for our favorite scary stories, and why we just can’t seem to give up our ghosts. That’s what you’re in for today on Impolite Society.  Email us your impolite questions at rude@impolitesociety.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.SOURCES:Why Do People Believe in Ghosts?The Science of Ghosts Magic and memory: using conjuring to explore the effects of suggestion, social influence, and paranormal belief on eyewitness testimony for an ostensibly paranormal event Five Scientific Explanations for Spooky Sensations | Smart News The Perceived Paranormal and Source Credibility: The Effects of Narrative Suggestions on Paranormal Belief Embers of society: Firelight talk among the Ju/’hoansi BushmenWhy do we like to be scared? The science behind the screamTHE EIGHT TYPES OF GHOSTSThere's an Evolutionary Reason Why We're Afraid of The DarkBritish people more likely to believe in ghosts than a Creator
Scrooge. Montgomery Burns. Lex Luther. These and many other great antagonists have something in common… they’re filthy stinking rich. Throughout literature, pop culture and Hollywood, wealth is often linked to villainy, but are the rich really as cold and heartless as they're portrayed?Join us as we dig into the series of studies that examine the behavior of the elite and explore why they act so different than we do. All to get to the bottom of whether we’re just jealous or if being rich really does make you into a big mean jerk. Are rich people mean? That’s the question we explore today on Impolite Society.Email us your impolite questions at rude@impolitesociety.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.SOURCES:Higher social class predicts increased unethical behavior | PNASPaul Piff: Does money make you mean? | TED TalkHigher in status, (Even) better-than-average (nih.gov)Signs of Socioeconomic Status: A Thin-Slicing Approach - Michael W. Kraus, Dacher Keltner, 2009 (sagepub.com)
Each day, your body makes the high-stakes decision that holds together the very fabric of our society… “is that just a fart, or am I about to shit myself?” And with the average person releasing nearly a half gallon of gas a day, your body is making this decision all the time.Turns out, this impressive ability all comes down to how we developed as an embryo. We explore biology behind farts to uncover how society as we know it is held together by a few centimeters of tissue in our anus, all while answering even more fart questions along the way. That’s what you’re in for today, on Impolite Society.  Email us your impolite questions at rude@impolitesociety.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.Sources:Fart vs Poop in under 2 mins!This Is How Your Butt Can Tell a Poop From a Fart, According to ScienceInsights into human colonic physiology obtained from the study of flatus compositionExplainer: The chemistry of fartsWhat happens when you hold in a fart?Everybody farts. But here are 9 surprising facts about flatulence you may not know.What's a Fart?
Hey there, your fly is down! We put so much effort into covering our bodies, that the idea of exposing ourselves in public, even inadvertently after a trip to the loo, is enough to make us blush. Nudity is a taboo that’s so ingrained that being in the buff has become the cliché stress dream.But it’s more than that. In many places, your naked body is against the law.So how did our birthday suits go from our natural state to being a crime? We expose the history of clothing and get to the naked truth of why nudity is so taboo in today’s episode of Impolite Society.Email us your impolite questions at rude@impolitesociety.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.Sources:BBC - Earth - We did not invent clothes simply to stay warm Nudity and Public Decency Laws in America - HG.orgWhy is public nudity illegal? The offense principle, the Bible, and taboos. Barnes v. Glen Theatre, Inc., 501 U.S. 560 (1991) (cornell.edu) Sex and Reason on JSTOR 
The average human body contains 126,000 calories, or roughly the same amount as 225 Big Macs. This means that each of us is quite the feast, just waiting to be devoured.This episode, we dig into cannibalism--fondly known as the oldest taboo. We trace cannibalism's journey from its prehistoric roots to how a sacred funeral rite became a big no-no in the "civilized" world and an excuse for dooming an entire continent. Join us as we dig into the different kinds of cannibalism, including the form we still may be partaking in to this day.Big thanks to The Reluctant Historian podcast for this question! Check out their podcast here. Email us your impolite questions at rude@impolitesociety.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.SourcesCannibalism: From Calories to Kuru - Gastropod Eating People Is Wrong—But It's Also Widespread and Sacred - SAPIENSEarly Accounts of Cannibalism (cultofweird.com)Conclusive evidence of American Indian cannibalism found | The Seattle TimesThe Culture That Still Practices Cannibalism - KnowledgeNuts Human cannibalism - Wikipedia ApPfCx4aFJvTa3zC2lmZ
We continue our study of sex dolls by asking the question: why does any of this matter? But before digging into what these dolls mean for women and  sex in general, we dust off the ole crystal ball to take a look at what the future might hold for our darling dolls. Along the way, we meet sex doll influencers, visit the saddest doll brothel in Germany and learn the term "gynoid."Join us for the exciting conclusion to our first-ever two part series for Impolite Society as we ask: "What's the Deal with Sex Dolls?"Email us your impolite questions at rude@impolitesociety.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.SOURCES:Silicon Soul: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3nBctuhntghttps://nypost.com/2019/10/07/these-men-love-their-sex-doll-wives-and-dont-care-who-knows/ https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/oct/19/what-i-learned-about-male-desire-in-a-sex-doll-factory https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7426804/ https://www.siliconwives.com/blogs/news/the-ultimate-sex-doll-guide-2021 https://www.inputmag.com/features/sex-dolls-instagram-influencers/amp 
If you can't love the one you want, love the one you can purchase and completely customize online... that's how the song goes, right? This episode we peel back layer after horrifying layer of the world of lifelike sex dolls, including the long and storied history of "dames de voyage", how your friendly 1980s bachelor party blow up doll became the uncanny valley creature called RealDoll and who are the men (and women) buying these silicon sirens. There's a lot to unpack here, that's why we're doing our first-ever two part series for Impolite Society. Join us as we dig into where sex dolls came from, how sex dolls became popular and what it's like to purchase, live with and love a silicon sex doll.Email us your impolite questions at rude@impolitesociety.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.SOURCES:Silicon Soul: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3nBctuhntg https://nypost.com/2019/10/07/these-men-love-their-sex-doll-wives-and-dont-care-who-knows/ https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/oct/19/what-i-learned-about-male-desire-in-a-sex-doll-factory https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7426804/ https://www.siliconwives.com/blogs/news/the-ultimate-sex-doll-guide-2021 https://www.inputmag.com/features/sex-dolls-instagram-influencers/amp 
Studies show women cry four times more than men do. Is this evidence of evolutionary biology or have women learned to use crying to get their way? This episode, we discover how crying works, discuss theories as to why we cry and dig into whether crying is manipulative. We all enter this world crying, but let's learn how our relationship with this emotional outpour change as we grow into adults.Email us your impolite questions at rude@impolitesociety.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.SOURCES:How Crying Works, How Stuff WorksThe Science of Crying, TimeTeary-Eyed Evolution: Crying Serves a Purpose, NPRThe Crying Game, Psychology TodayWhy Do We Cry, the Science of Tears, IndependentWhy We Cry, New Research is Opening Eyes to the Psychology of Tears, American Psychological AssociationNew Theory for Why We Cry, Live SciencePreschool children's response to peer crying, Early Childhood Research QuarterlyThe damaging effects of perceived crocodile tears for a crier's image, Front Psychol
ROAD RAGE! It’s something we almost all suffer from and it for real kills people. Many of us will admit to having road rage and doing stupid things behind the wheel. But does going off the handle on a complete stranger for almost nothing speak well of your mental and emotional health? Does having Road Rage mean you're monster? Email us your impolite questions, or any other impolite thoughts at rude@impolitesociety.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and Twitter.Sources:Bumper stickers reveal link to road rage | NatureRoad Rage: When Stress Hits the Highway - Consumer Health News | HealthDayRoad Rage Statistics in 2021 | The ZebraRoad Rage Considered Brain Disorder - CBS News
Nothing says confident like a fresh butthole. While popular for making squeaky clean sphincters across the globe, the bidet has never caught on in the United States. This episode, we get to the bottom of bidets branding problem, including how bidets work, the aristocratic birth of the bidet and how this humble piece of plumbing earned its bad reputation.Email us your impolite questions, or any other impolite thoughts at rude@impolitesociety.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Menstruation: so fundamental to our species, and yet such a deeply, deeply engrained taboo. This FAN FRIDAY listener Sarah wants to know "why can't I talk about my period?" Join us  as we dig into the origins of the menstruation taboo, explore what religious text say about that time of the month and expose 3 unsolved period mysterious.Email us your impolite questions, or any other impolite thoughts at rude@impolitesociety.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Helping friends and family feels good, but when it comes to lending money, you may have just tip toed into a mine field. This episode, we dig into the taboo of money, what having/needing it says about you and if you can expect to get that $35 you lent to your buddy back anytime soon.Email us your impolite questions, or any other impolite thoughts at rude@impolitesociety.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Can I Eat Myself to Death?

Can I Eat Myself to Death?

2021-05-3101:00:38

Gluttony might put our immortal soul in danger, but what about our physical bodies? We've all eaten so much we feel like we might explode, but can we eat enough in one sitting to kill us? That's the question we dig into this episode, exploring if we can push our tummies past their breaking points, how our bodies protect us from that grizzly fate and three gruesome stories of when it failed.Email us your impolite questions, or any other impolite thoughts at rude@impolitesociety.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.Sources:Food Cravings- How Stuff WorksGulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach 
Ever find yourself curious what's going on underneath those Furry costumes? Well listener Sean from Tweets Ahead podcast sure is. This month's Fan Friday goes behind the wolf masks to see who exactly furries are, where the came from and if it's all just one big kink. So buckle in and hit play if you're feeling yiffy.Email us your impolite questions, or any other impolite thoughts at rude@impolitesociety.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.SOURCES:What's a Furry?, Furscience Inside the Life of a Furry, New York PostIt's not about sex, it's about identity: why furries are unique among fan cultures, The GuardianPleasures of the Fur (THE article reference in the show), Vanity FairThe mind behind anthropomorphic thinking: attribution of mental states to other species, Animal BehaviorThe Fandom : A Furry Documentary FULL MOVIE, Youtube
Hot sex or hot mess? We're digging into BDSM, the community behind it and what liking a little degradation says about your psychology. So press play you dirty little slut, you know you want it.Email us your impolite questions, or any other impolite thoughts at rude@impolitesociety.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Check out Hello Out There podcast.Sources:BDSM - Wikipedia Psychological characteristics of BDSM practitioners Demographic and Psychosocial Features of Participants in Bondage and Discipline, “Sadomasochism” or Dominance and Submission (BDSM)BDSM Versus the DSM - The Atlantic What Is BDSM? A Sex Expert Reveals Exactly What It Means
Potty mouths of the world unite! This week we explore the colorful world of colorful language, including breaking down the origins of Twitter's top 3 swears, unpacking the psychology of profanity and learning we aren't the only animals who like to cuss.  All in the pursuit of uncovering why something so wrong, feels so damn right.Email us your impolite questions, or any other impolite thoughts at rude@impolitesociety.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  Check out Two for One Special podcast.SOURCES:Most Popular Swearwords on Twitter, The GaudianHow Swearing Works, How Stuff WorksSwearing aloud can make you stronger, Science DailySwearing is Good For You--And Chimps Do It Too, National GeographicIs Swearing a Sign of a Limited Vocabulary?, Scientific AmericanThe Case for Cursing, The New York TimesThe Science of Curse Words: Why The &@$! Do We Swear?, Babbel
In this Fan Friday, listener Harry writes in to ask what an incel is? This leads your ladies down a rabbit hole, taking Laura to weird corners of the internet to find out what an incel is, where did they come from and are they as dangerous as the media makes them out to be?Email us your impolite questions, or any other impolite thoughts at rude@impolitesociety.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. 
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