Show cover of Impolite Society: Exploring the Weird, Taboo & Macabre

Impolite Society: Exploring the Weird, Taboo & Macabre

There are so many things we've been told we can't talk about in polite society. The things your mom told you never to ask about: Sex. Money. Poop. Death. The things that make normal people uncomfortable.But if you're curious about the truth behind our deepest societal taboos, we're your gals. We dig into the history, science, and straight up weird truths behind these off-limits topics and give you the answers you never knew you needed.

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What is Fan Fiction?
Stories are unique to the human race. They inspire us, delight us, and cast the familiar world around us in a whole new light. Everyone has been wrapped up in a good story at some point in their lives- curled up with a book you can’t put down, binge watching television shows late into the night, or being so obsessed with a story you find yourself dreaming about it. And every one of us, at some point, has thought, “What if….”Today we are entering the online world of fanfiction: what is it, who writes it, and why the subject matter often leans to the dark, the sexual, and the taboo.That’s what we’re in for today on Impolite Society. Sources:https://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2020/02/surprising-18th-century-origins-fan-fiction/606532/https://reporter.rit.edu/views/fanfiction-legal-battle-creativityhttps://noraphoenix.com/2018/03/26/introduction-into-mpreg/https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/katienotopoulos/questions-about-mpreg-you-were-embarrassed-to-ask https://www.reddit.com/r/AO3/comments/v9h4ae/analysis_of_the_top_fandoms_on_ao3_percentages/https://screenrant.com/fan-ships-highest-number-fanworks-ao3-ranked/#keith-amp-lance-voltron-legendary-defenderhttps://archiveofourown.org/tagsEmail us your impolite questions at rude@impolitesocietypodcast.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.
65:48 2/19/24
Can You Masturbate Yourself to Death?
La petite mort. This phrase, meaning the little death, is an old school French euphemism for Orgasms. But, what happens when our pursuit of these little deaths results in the big one? Around the globe, thousands die each year from these autoerotic fatalities, and those are just the ones where the family let the coroner put that down on paper.So how does the five finger shuffle turn deadly? Today we're talking about masturbation and all the ways the grim reaper might catch you with your pants down. We'll explore the famous cases from the medical journals and how you can avoid a similar fate.This episode is not for the squeamish,  so buckle up because that's what you're in for today on Impolite Society. Sources:https://usstore.tenga.co/pages/globalreport2021https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/3177356/https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/11453096/#:~:text=We%20report%20a%20case%20of,a%20sufficient%20amount%20of%20air. https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2006/mar/23/drugsandalcohol.uknews2 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35315374/ https://www.ojp.gov/ncjrs/virtual-library/abstracts/autoerotic-fatalities-power-hydraulics#:~:text=This%20article%20describes%20two%20cases,used%20a%20frontend%20loader%20shovel. Email us your impolite questions at rude@impolitesocietypodcast.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.
52:47 2/5/24
Poop: The Deadliest Weapon?
In the 1950s, the Canadian government forced many Inuit people into high artic settlement camps. But one man refused to go, no matter how much his children and grand children begged. The family was scared of what would happen if he refused to cooperate. In a desperate plan to force his hand, his family abandoned the man in his igloo. They took everything- all the food, the furs, and tools- in the hope that he would have no choice but to join them in their journey to the camp. All they left him with was his two dogs and the clothes on his back.But a determined man can win any battle. The man went outside, pulled down his seal skin trousers, and defecated into his hand. And as the feces began to freeze, he shaped it into the form of a blade.Human feces is a noxious substance, but there is more than one way you can be killed by poop. Today we’re talking shit- what it’s made of, what diseases it carries, and the wildest ways humans have used poop as a deadly weapon. That’s’ what you're in for today, on Impolite Society.Sources:https://www.vice.com/en/article/vdx4ad/brown-death-a-history-of-poop-as-a-weapon-111https://www.britannica.com/science/feceshttps://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352409X19305371Email us your impolite questions at rude@impolitesocietypodcast.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.
45:10 1/22/24
Is the Clitoris a Tiny Penis?
Between the covers of a medical school anatomy textbook, you'd expect to find all of the knowledge we've accumulated on the human body over the millennia. Every bone, muscle, and tendon accounted for. But there's one organ that's missing.  Throughout history, the clitoris has been ignored, misidentified, and deemed vestigial. Even today, 90 percent of the organ is left out of the textbooks.  Is this pleasure producing part of the female anatomy some leftover hand me down from male genetics or something entirely different?Like the clitoris, the truth can be hard to find. That's why we're exploring anatomy, embryology, and physiology to learn more about this hot button topic and find out if the clit is simply just a teeny tiny penis. That's what you're in for today on Impolite Society. Email us your impolite questions at rude@impolitesocietypodcast.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.
47:32 1/8/24
The Darkest Christmas Traditions Around the World
Christmas bells, candy canes, and hot cocoa by the fire - that’s the idealized American Christmas scene. Our traditions are designed to give everyone in the family the warm fuzzies and in America, the worst thing that could ever happen at Christmas is a lump of coal in your stocking. But this isn’t the case in the Old Country. Europe is the source of many of our grim fairy tales and even Christmas has its own unique cast of monsters. Tales of cannibalism, horse skulls, slaves, and worse all make an appearance in the holiday traditions around the world. Today we’re exploring the yuletide lore that your parents definitely didn’t tell you before bed. That’s what you're in for today on Impolite Society.Sources:https://www.slate.com/articles/life/holidays/2011/12/zwarte_piet_holland_s_favorite_racist_christmas_tradition_.htmlhttps://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/0015587042000231264https://www.medievalists.net/2019/12/the-yule-cat-of-iceland-a-different-kind-of-christmas-tradition/ https://witchlike.wordpress.com/2020/01/05/frau-perchta-witch-of-twelfth-night/https://www.wales.com/about/culture/mari-lwydhttps://medium.com/@jahernandez_writes/the-tale-of-p%C3%A8re-fouettard-66260dc44890https://www.visiticeland.com/article/meet-the-icelandic-yule-troll-familyhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIXscGcdGyk https://www.americanacademy.de/attacking-zwarte-piet/ https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/12/22/572569325/caga-ti-a-catalan-log-that-poops-nougats-at-christmashttps://people.howstuffworks.com/culture-traditions/holidays-christmas/pooping-man-catalan-nativity-scene.htmEmail us your impolite questions at rude@impolitesocietypodcast.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.
44:35 12/25/23
Did You Have Work Done?
We’ve all thought about having plastic surgery, at least casually. And if you haven’t, fuck off. Just right now. Fuck off, go away, you must be a perfect human with a perfect body and no insecurities. We don't want your kind here. For the rest of us, a good way to cure yourself of wanting any of this shit done is to hear more about it. Because getting a new nose sounds great- until you watch it being done. So let’s jump into the gory details of three of the most common cosmetic producers to try to understand why we are so repulsed and fascinated by plastic surgery. That’s you’re in for today on Impolite Society.Sources: https://medihair.com/en/plastic-and-cosmetic-surgery-statistics/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2VtqmLxhbEhttps://science.howstuffworks.com/anesthesia4.htmhttps://www.plasticsurgery.org/news/blog/what-is-capsular-contracture-and-how-can-it-be-treatedhttps://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/breast-augmentation/implantshttps://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/medicine-and-dentistry/tumescent-anesthesiaEmail us your impolite questions at rude@impolitesocietypodcast.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.
63:20 12/11/23
The Wild World of Groupies
Today we're talking about the infamous groupie lifestyle and how you might be able to bed a rock star yourself. We explore the stories of iconic figures of the groupie heyday from Sable Star to Sweet Connie to get an eye-opening view of groupie-dom.  We're talking about the golden days of rock and roll in the '70s to the evolution of groupies in the digital age and uncover how fandom and lust cross paths in this scandalous subculture.That's what you're in for today on Impolite Society. Email us your impolite questions at rude@impolitesocietypodcast.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.
52:43 11/27/23
The Tragic (and Totally Preventable) Execution of Eddie Slovik
During World War II, America executed only one soldier for desertion: Edward D. Slovik,. Slovik would be the first and only soldier executed for desertion since the Civil War. This episode delves into the dramatic circumstances surrounding Edward's refusal to fight and his request for a court-martial, which lead to his dramatic sentencing. Join us as we discuss how the details of Slovik's case were kept hidden from public view for years, and the emotional toll this took on Slalovik's family. The story of Edward D. Slovik serves as a stark contrast to how other nations treated their own soldiers and offers a glimpse into a largely unknown chapter of American history.00:00 Introduction to World War II Desertion00:46 The Story of Edward D. Slovik: The Only U.S. Soldier Executed for Desertion02:48 The Hosts' Personal Take on the Topic03:21 Edward D. Slovik's Early Life and Background05:43 Slovik's Entry into the Military and Initial Desertion07:50 The Consequences of Slovik's Actions12:25 Slovik's Trial and Execution18:48 Reflections on Slovik's Case and the Aftermath49:11 Conclusion and Final ThoughtsEmail us your impolite questions at rude@impolitesocietypodcast.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.
53:27 11/13/23
What is the Human Bone Market?
Join us as we explore the world of body snatchers, grave robbers, murder syndicates and international smuggling that is the human bone trade. Through this trade, humans beings are turned into medical grade skeletons before being sold to the highest bidder.Journey through the bone factories of India, hallowed halls of Georgian medical colleges and the lobbies of the modern bone traders as we explore the legal (and less so) side of selling human remains.That's what you're in for today, on Impolite Society.Email us your impolite questions at rude@impolitesocietypodcast.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.
54:53 10/30/23
Are Witch Hats Antisemitic?
Halloween is a time of trick, treats, and culturally insensitive costumes. A bad Halloween costume can do more than just make you look lazy-  it can get you cancelled. Native Americans, Geishas, and Southern Belle costumes have gotten people cooler than you cancelled by social media. Should the classic witch's hat be added to the list of cancellable costumes? The origin of the witch's hat is a historical ball of string, and it's been said that witch hats were inspired by anti-Semitic laws in medieval Europe. Let's look into the witch's hat. When it was first seen atop a witch's head, what inspired it, and if you are wearing an anti-Semitic dog whistle this year for your night of tricks and treats.That's what you're in for today on Impolite Society. Sources:https://jewishunpacked.com/the-weird-jewish-hats-of-medieval-art-antisemitic-trope-or-fashion-statement/https://recollections.biz/blog/a-short-history-of-witches-hats/https://www.themarysue.com/the-history-of-the-witch-hat/https://worthwich.com/classroom/witch-hathttps://www.vice.com/en/article/xw9egk/witches-hats-alewife-brewster-history https://slate.com/human-interest/2013/10/the-history-of-the-witch-s-hat-origins-of-its-pointy-design.html Email us your impolite questions at rude@impolitesocietypodcast.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.
50:56 10/16/23
What is Satanism?
 It was a sticky summer afternoon when it appeared. A nearly seven foot bronzed Baphomet at the foot of the Arkansas State Capitol. And, just as quickly, it was gone. For a handful of hours the goat headed, winged figure sat vigil outside the white stone building. For many, it represented the forces of evil itself. Darkness, chaos, and the void.But to the members of the Satanic Temple, those behind the statue's appearance, the Baphomet is a symbol of equality, tolerance, and reconciliation. The use of Satan and Satanic imagery is sure to shock. After all, that's kind of the point.But, who is Satan? And more importantly, who are his modern day followers? We'll dig into the history of the Beast,  and some of the biggest sects of those who follow the Prince of Darkness to learn about their beliefs and vision for the world.That's what you're in for today on Impolite Society.Email us your impolite questions at rude@impolitesocietypodcast.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.
84:46 10/2/23
A Long Overdue Apology....
We're sorry.Email us your impolite questions at rude@impolitesocietypodcast.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.
17:59 10/1/23
On Today's Episode....
It's been a wild ride and we have enjoyed it! Email us at rude@impolitesocietyPODCAST.com and we will actual get your email!Laura and Rachel will be back eventually. In the meantime, check us out on Nerds Talking the Podcast.Email us your impolite questions at rude@impolitesocietypodcast.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.
34:08 7/11/22
Do You Think You're Better Than Me, or Something?
Nothing quite gets under our skin like when we feel like someone thinks they’re better than us. But yet, the odds are that you think you’re better than the average person.Today we’re talking superiority. We’ll explore how humans evolved to rank each other and dig into the theories on why we tend to put ourselves higher in those rankings. We’ll also look at what happens when that feeling of superiority goes too far.All to answer to our rude question: Do you think you’re better than me, or something?That’s what’s coming your way today, on Impolite Society.Email us your impolite questions at rude@impolitesocietypodcast.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.SOURCES:https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/fulfillment-any-age/201703/why-some-people-think-theyre-superiorhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_rank_theory https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5494206/#R89https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5494206/#R6 https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fnhum.2012.00123/fullhttps://www.researchgate.net/publication/230726570_The_better-than-average_effecthttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6029792/https://psycnet.apa.org/record/1997-43182-001https://www.livescience.com/26914-why-we-are-all-above-average.htmlhttps://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/narcissistic-personality-disorder/symptoms-causes/syc-20366662https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/03/a-hidden-problem-at-the-heart-of-psychopathy/555335/https://www.verywellmind.com/the-difference-between-a-narcissist-and-a-sociopath-5181518 https://www.verywellmind.com/what-is-a-sociopath-380184 https://cultureplusconsulting.com/2015/06/04/ethnocentrism/ Email us your impolite questions at rude@impolitesocietypodcast.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.
58:04 6/27/22
Is Everyone Having More Sex Than Me?
Today we’re looking into the sex lives of others to see how much everyone else is doing the deed. We dig into sexy surveys to learn who gets it the most and how often really is “normal”. We also look at how sex affects our mood to see if there’s an optimal amount for peak happiness and relationship bliss.All to get to the bottom of our rude question today: Is everyone having more sex than me? That’s what you're in for today, on Impolite Society.Email us your impolite questions at rude@impolitesocietypodcast.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.SOURCES:https://relationshipsinamerica.com/relationships-and-sex/how-often-do-americans-have-sexhttps://gssdataexplorer.norc.org/variables/5057/vshowhttps://www.statista.com/statistics/245194/most-sexually-active-countries-worldwide/ https://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2022/03/31/sex-decline-americanshttps://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10508-017-0953-1 https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1948550615616462 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2018331/Is-cuddle-better-sex-New-research-says-hugs-hanky-panky-keeps-couples-together.html https://www.cmu.edu/news/stories/archives/2015/may/more-sex-does-not-lead-to-happiness.html Email us your impolite questions at rude@impolitesocietypodcast.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.
59:13 6/13/22
Does Having Pets Make Me a Shitty Person?
Do you love your pets like family? Ninety five percent of pet owners in America would say yes. And pet owners are willing to put their money where their mouth is- we’ll spend about $110 billion annually on our furry friends. But does all this love come at a cost? Today we are exploring the wild world of pets, looking at where all these critters come from, how happy pets really are in the human world, and what we might owe to the animals we have bred to be our daily companions. All this to answer the rude question, Does having pets make me a shitty person?That’s what you're in for today, on Impolite Society. Email us your impolite questions at rude@impolitesocietypodcast.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.Sources:https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/aug/01/should-we-stop-keeping-pets-why-more-and-more-ethicists-say-yeshttps://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2016/05/05/476853317/should-we-really-be-keeping-cats-and-dogs-and-geckos-as-pets https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/article/fox-dogs-wild-tame-genetics-study-news https://www.bbc.co.uk/ethics/animals/using/pets.shtml https://www.avma.org/resources-tools/reports-statistics/us-pet-ownership-statistics https://www.aspca.org/helping-people-pets/shelter-intake-and-surrender#:~:text=Of%20the%20approximately%206.5%20million,00%20dogs%20and%20860%2C000%20cats). https://spots.com/puppy-mill-statistics/ https://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/2015/06/19/animal-rescue-workers-prone-depression-suicide/28968501/  https://breedingbusiness.com/dog-breeding-statistics/ https://www.petfoodindustry.com/articles/5695-report---say-pets-are-part-of-the-family https://scienceblogs.com/observations/2010/04/01/domesticated-dummies https://thehumaneleague.org/article/animal-rightshttps://aeon.co/essays/why-keeping-a-pet-is-fundamentally-unethical https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domestication_syndrome  Email us your impolite questions at rude@impolitesocietypodcast.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.
66:36 5/30/22
Why Won't Men Wear Condoms?
While the humble condom might seem like a bit of buzzkill, this 8 one-hundredths of a millimeter is all that separates us from a world of unwanted pregnancies and rampant infection.So why is the condom so controversial? Join us on a journey through the history of the condom from cute, little dick bonnet to our modern-day rubber. We'll also explore how condoms' public image has changed just as much along the way. We’ll meet the clergymen and Casanovas who’ve detested them and explore the reasons why men still won’t wear them to this day.All to answer our rude question: why don’t men wear condoms?That’s what you’re in for today, on Impolite Society.Email us your impolite questions at rude@impolitesocietypodcast.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel. SOURCES:https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3649591/ https://daily.jstor.org/short-history-of-the-condom/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comstock_laws#State_laws_on_birth_control_(contraception),_etc.https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0010782413007348https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10508-007-9213-0https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/you-it/201511/women-dont-how-condoms-feel-any-more-men-dohttps://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/06/24/study-men-say-theyre-less-inclined-to-use-condoms-if-a-female-partner-is-hot/ https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/innovations/post/on-condoms-and-commodes-why-innovators-must-tackle-the-taboo/2013/03/28/8dc8a328-97a8-11e2-b5b4-b63027b499de_blog.html https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2018/06/28/taboo-prevents-indonesians-from-buying-condoms.html https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3723757/https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3859530/Email us your impolite questions at rude@impolitesocietypodcast.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.
60:59 5/16/22
Is It Normal to Hate Your Kids?
Modern parents have been sold the idea that kids are the tried and true pathway to perfect happiness. But it turns out, there are a lot of bumps on the way to bliss. More than ever, parents are feeling like they have been sold a bad bill of goods.Today on Impolite Society, we’re exploring the myth of joyful parenting, the enormous pressure parents are under, and the very real risks of parental burnout. All this to answer the rude question, is it normal to hate your kids? That’s what you're in for today, on Impolite Society. Email us your impolite questions at rude@impolitesocietypodcast.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.SOURCES:https://www.apa.org/monitor/2021/10/cover-parental-burnout https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/infant-and-toddler-health/expert-answers/terrible-twos/faq-20058314 https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/childdevelopment/positiveparenting/toddlers.html https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0006322310001204 https://kids.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/frym.2016.00016 https://www.pewresearch.org/social-trends/2013/10/08/parents-time-with-kids-more-rewarding-than-paid-work-and-more-exhausting/ https://jenniferfulwiler.com/2013/12/why-im-going-to-keep-letting-santa-and-the-tooth-fairy-ruin-my-life/ https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/2167702619858430 https://www.apa.org/monitor/2021/10/cover-parental-burnout#:~:text=Because%20burned%2Dout%20parents%20often,6%2C%202019). https://www.regain.us/advice/family/i-hate-my-kids-the-struggles-of-parenting/ https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-human-experience/201510/8-reasons-parents-fail-love-their-kids https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.02113/full https://www.investopedia.com/articles/personal-finance/090415/cost-raising-child-america.asp#:~:text=According%20to%20the%20U.S.%20Department,could%20be%20estimated%Email us your impolite questions at rude@impolitesocietypodcast.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.
62:50 5/2/22
Why is Animated Porn so Popular?
There’s no doubt cartoons hold a special place in our hearts… and fantasies? Animated porn is one of the most-popular categories of porn around the world. So how we go from enjoying our cartoons with a bowl of cereal in the family room to watching them alone with a box of tissues?In this episode we explore the fantastical world of hentai and animated porn, We’ll examine why it’s so popular, how it highjacks our caveman to turn us on and if animated porn might actually offer a more ethical option when you want to play with your Porky Pig.All  to answer our rude question today, Why is animated porn so popular?That’s what you're in for today on Impolite Society.Email us your impolite questions at rude@impolitesocietypodcast.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.SOURCES:https://www.wired.com/2006/12/animated-porn-makes-moves/ https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/minority-report/202007/why-millennials-love-anime-and-hentai-pornographyhttps://www.cosmopolitan.com/sex-love/news/a43159/why-do-millennials-love-cartoon-porn-so-much/https://fightthenewdrug.org/exposing-the-new-wave-of-extreme-hentai-animated-porn/ https://bigthink.com/health/sexual-cartoons-are-supernormal-stimuli/ https://www.newsweek.com/science-says-porn-huge-problem-lawmakers-must-stop-ignoring-it-opinion-1547810 https://www.newsweek.com/porn-industry-has-proven-itself-incapable-verifying-consent-opinion-1583380https://endsexualexploitation.org/articles/women-expose-the-sexual-abuse-and-trafficking-hidden-in-the-porn-industry/https://endsexualexploitation.org/articles/rose-kalemba-and-pornhub-how-mindgeek-exploited-the-sexual-assault-of-a-14-year-old/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Effects_of_pornographyEmail us your impolite questions at rude@impolitesocietypodcast.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.
54:38 4/18/22
What’s It Like To Die?
Death is the last great adventure. Humans have been curious about what happens after we die for millennia and today, we are unpacking everything you’ve ever wanted to know about kicking the bucket. Like the different definitions of death (there is more than one), the stages of death, and what near death experiences can tell us about a potential afterlife. All this to answer the rude question, what’s it like to die? That’s what you're in for today on Impolite Society. Email us your impolite questions at rude@impolitesocietypodcast.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.SOURCES:https://health.howstuffworks.com/diseases-conditions/death-dying/dying2.htm https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/the-physical-process-of-dying#:~:text=When%20someone%20is%20dying%2C%20their,the%20hours%20before%20they%20die.https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2016/09/what-it-feels-like-to-die/499319/https://www.who.int/servicedeliverysafety/ddcr42.pdf https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/the-top-10-causes-of-deathhttps://www.scientificamerican.com/article/what-near-death-experiences-reveal-about-the-brain/https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/mar/07/the-space-between-life-and-death https://science.howstuffworks.com/science-vs-myth/extrasensory-perceptions/near-death-experience.htm https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.00888/full https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/04/the-science-of-near-death-experiences/386231/ https://www.discovermagazine.com/mind/can-science-explain-near-death-experiences https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01424/full Email us your impolite questions at rude@impolitesocietypodcast.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.
62:55 4/4/22
Why Are We So Loud in Bed?
A throaty moan, a gasp of pleasure, a shriek of ecstasy - these are all music to our ears. The sounds of sex are unmistakable- But why are humans so loud in the sack?In this episode we are looking at sex sounds: why we make them, the other animals that are shrieking their way through intercourse, and if nature or nurture is responsible for these copulatory vocalizations. All to answer the rude question…. Why are we so loud in bed?That’s what you’re in for today, on Impolite Society.Email us your impolite questions at rude@impolitesocietypodcast.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.SOURCES:https://www.cnn.com/2016/11/13/health/women-moan-sex/index.html#:~:text=The%20researchers%20found%20that%20many,to%20boost%20his%20self%2Desteem.https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/sex-dawn/201001/women-in-bed-whats-all-the-noise-about-part-ii https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20480220/ https://time.com/5370374/sex-sounds-noises-faked-mara-altman-gross-anatomy/ https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20480220/ https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20480220/ https://www.huffpost.com/entry/porn-lies-sex_l_5cc1ffeee4b066119de3a45c https://www.cosmopolitan.com/sex-love/news/a11598/is-loud-sex-betterhttps://www.cosmopolitan.com/sex-love/news/a11598/is-loud-sex-better/ https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2273183/Couples-noisy-sex-really-DO-fun-bedroom.html https://journals.lww.com/humanandrology/Abstract/2015/03000/A_beautiful_noise__women_s_coital_vocalizations.2.aspx http://primate.uchicago.edu/2006BES.pdf https://phys.org/news/2011-03-primate-bonobos-noise-high-partners.html https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0002431 Email us your impolite questions at rude@impolitesocietypodcast.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.
61:18 3/21/22
Do I Stink?
Whether you’ve caught an odd whiff during a meeting, forgotten to brush your teeth before running out the door or stopped to run an errand after hitting the gym, we know what it feels like to be self-conscious of our odor. But humans smell! Each and everyone one of us comes with our own unique set of smells, scents and, let’s be honest, stank.Odor can attract, bond or even prevent any regrettable dalliances with distant relatives, so why are we so fearful of being deemed “smelly.”In this episode, we dig into the science behind body odor, what it does for our species and how our natural musk went from being a part of our everyday life to something that can earn you a visit from HR. All to get to the bottom of the rude question we’ve all asked before: “Do I stink??”That’s what you’re in for today, on Impolite Society.Email us your impolite questions at rude@impolitesocietypodcast.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.Sources:https://www.researchgate.net/publication/10668892_Lower_olfactory_threshold_during_the_ovulatory_phase_of_the_menstrual_cyclehttps://www.romper.com/p/how-do-babies-know-their-mothers-scent-experts-explain-18369228https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn2705-close-family-smells-worse-than-a-stranger/ https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2021/07/30/1022546464/why-sweat-is-a-human-superpower https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/bering-in-mind/armpit-psychology-the-science-of-body-odor-perception/https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/18081/body-odor-through-ages-brief-history-deodoranthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-advertisers-convinced-americans-they-smelled-bad-12552404/ Email us your impolite questions at rude@impolitesocietypodcast.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.
57:24 3/7/22
Is Everyone as Lonely as Me?
Feeling lonely is part of our evolutionary makeup. The emptiness in our chests is what drove our ancient ancestors to seek out others, form tribes, find mates, and face the terrors of nature together. But in our modern society, feeling alone is a shameful secret. In this episode we’re breaking down the concept of loneliness: why we feel it, why we’re ashamed of it, and how chronic feelings of loneliness can actually change your brain chemistry for the worse. All this to answer the rude question: Is everyone as lonely as I am?That’s what you’re in for today, on Impolite Society.Email us your impolite questions at rude@impolitesocietypodcast.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.Sources:https://nickwignall.com/loneliness/ https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/loneliness-is-harmful-to-our-nations-health/#:~:text=Loneliness%20can%20be%20deadly%3A%20this,smoking%2015%20cigarettes%20per%20day. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41593-020-00742-z?utm_medium=affiliate&utm_source=commission_junction&utm_content=en_textlink&utm_campaign=3_nsn6445_deeplink_PID100024933&CJEVENT=b33240ab81f211ec817077e90a82b820 https://psychcentral.com/lib/the-dark-side-of-loneliness#3 https://thriveglobal.com/stories/difficult-hard-to-admit-lonely-loneliness-epidemic-stigma/ https://www.nature.com/articles/s41593-020-00742-z?utm_medium=affiliate&utm_source=commission_junction&utm_content=en_textlink&utm_campaign=3_nsn6445_deeplink_PID100024933&CJEVENT=b33240ab81f211ec817077e90a82b820 https://psychcentral.com/lib/the-dark-side-of-loneliness#1 https://www.webmd.com/anxiety-panic/guide/mental-health-social-anxiety-disorder https://usa.kaspersky.com/about/press-releases/2017_kaspersky-lab-study-shows-how-social-media-threatens-real-life-communication https://theconversation.com/a-history-of-loneliness-91542 https://www.sciencefocus.com/news/a-psychologist-explains-how-modern-life-is-making-usEmail us your impolite questions at rude@impolitesocietypodcast.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.
63:43 2/21/22
Does Batman Go Down? And Should You?
Cunnilingus is as old as the human species, but this sex act is still taboo in our modern society. So taboo that Batman was forbidden to do it in a recent HBO Max series. Why is it that an act for female pleasure is seen as delinquent, but fellatio is being boasted about in locker rooms across America?We’re lapping up the history of cunnilingus across the animal kingdom, what evolutionary benefit this sex act may have had, and why the power dynamics of sex make us so uncomfortable. All this to get to the bottom of the rude question: Does Batman go down, and should you?That’s what you're in for today on Impolite Society. Check out the I Miss You Man Podcast!Email us your impolite questions at rude@impolitesocietypodcast.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.Sources:Male Bats Caught Performing Oral Sex on FemalesGorillas shock onlookers with oral sex show at Bronx Zoo in hilarious videoA brief history of oral sex, from ancient China to DJ KhaledThe Evolution Of Oral Sex: Does 'Going Down' On Your Partner Have Biological Roots?Researchers explore the evolutionary roots of cunnilingusCunnilingus in the Middle Ages and the Problem of Understanding Past Sex LivesA history of oral sex, from fellatio's ancient roots to the modern blow jobGoing Down is Coming Up: Oral Sex and its ConfusionsA Study of Sex, Gender, and Power: Cunnilingus and Fellacio in Casual Sex AdsDominant or Submissive? Paradox of Power in Sexual RelationsWhat It Really Means If a Man Won't Go Down on YouMen Explain, in Great Detail, Why They Don't Eat PussyAN ORAL HISTORY OF MEN NOT EATING PUSSYI’m a Straight Man and I Hate Giving Oral SexEmail us your impolite questions at rude@impolitesocietypodcast.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.
61:48 2/7/22
Do Pickup Lines Ever Work?
We’re all looking for a little love and human connection, right? So why is it so dang hard for us to talk to someone we’re interested in? Studies show 3 out of 4 of us are terrible flirts and are really bad at identifying when someone likes us.So what’s a lonely heart to do? This episode, we’re talking about the art of the pick up. We dig into human behavior to uncover the subtle signs used to show interest, and more importantly when you should trust them. We see what research says about which lines work on what personality types. We explore the multi-million dollar industry claiming to teach men to get the women of their dreams and ask if any of this is ethical at all?All to get to the bottom of a rude question from our friends at the How I Didn’t Meet Your Mother podcast.That’s what you’re in for today, on Impolite Society.Check out the How I Didn't Meet Your Mother Podcast Email us your impolite questions at rude@impolitesocietypodcast.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.Sources:50 years of pickup artists: why is the toxic skill still so in demand? | Men | The Guardian(PDF) Strangers meet: Laughter and nonverbal signs of interest in opposite-sex encounters (researchgate.net)(PDF) Accurately Detecting Flirting: Error Management Theory, the Traditional Sexual Script, and Flirting Base Rate (researchgate.net)What Is Flirting? A Psychological Explanation (thoughtco.com)The Art, and Crucial Importance, of Flirting | Psychology TodayThe Science of Pick-Up Lines | Psychology Today The Cognitive Psychology of Pick-up Lines | Psychology TodayDo Pick-Up Artist Techniques Really Work? | Psychology TodayPickup Artists Are Still A Thing. And They Want You To Know They’ve Evolved. (buzzfeednews.com)Email us your impolite questions at rude@impolitesocietypodcast.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.
56:47 1/24/22
How Much Do You Weigh?
We all live in fear of the dreaded "F" word... Fat. Our weight might be summed up in the number on a scale, but that's far from where its effect ends. If that number falls into the "fat" zone, it can have real-world effects. Not just on our physical health, but our ability to attract a mate, how much other people like us and how the world sees our value as a person.Yet, not long ago, humans had no idea what they weighed! So how did we so from living in this blissfully ignorant utopia to our weight-ruled world?In this episode, we cover the history of the bathroom scale, why we became obsessed with our weight and how it can cause very real and very serious social consequences. That's what you're in for today, on Impolite Society.Email us your impolite questions at rude@impolitesocietypodcast.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.Email us your impolite questions at rude@impolitesocietypodcast.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.
63:25 1/10/22
The Christmas Clip Show
Twice the week before ChristmasAnd fresh into your ears,Will be poured a selectionOf our favorite moments this year.The stories and factsTo make your grandmother blush,Told to you byYour two favorite lush.So gather round the fire,Mix yourself a hot tottie.We can bet you weren’t good this yearBut we much prefer naughty.From menarche to necrophilia,And a camp full of the nude,Hold on to your panties,Because it’s about to get rude.So dive into the episode,No need to fane piety,Enjoy these best-of moments of Impolite Society.Thank you so much for an AWESOME 2021. We love you!! Stay tuned in 2022 for all new rude episodes from your favorite podcasting gal pals. Email us your impolite questions at rude@impolitesocietypodcast.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and Twitter.Email us your impolite questions at rude@impolitesocietypodcast.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.
70:37 12/20/21
Can Men and Women be Just Friends?
A little over a hundred years ago, men and women didn't really interact. And when they did, it was all about getting down the aisle.  But as the times have changed and our society evolves, we've created more and more opportunities for the genders to mix.  And when they do, you have an opportunity for complications to arise. And that sticky part of friendships between men and women is what we're talking about today.We look at the history of how men and women used to interact and then dig into what the science says about male and female friendships. All to answer the question at the core of every nineties RomCom: Can men and women be just friends? That's what you're in for today on Impolite Society.Email us your impolite questions at rude@impolitesocietypodcast.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:Thomas Hardy and the History of Friendship Between the Sexes on JSTOR (slpl.org) https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/men-and-women-cant-be-just-friends/SPR443611 569..596 (bleske-rechek.com) Can men and women be just friends? - BLESKE - 2000 - Personal Relationships - Wiley Online LibrarySex Differences in Intimacy Levels in Best Friendships and Romantic Partnerships | SpringerLink 09 SPR345650 (uoa.gr) Extramarital sex partners likely to be close friends, and men are more apt to cheat | Colorado Arts and Sciences Magazine | University of Colorado Boulder (PDF) On Being `Just Friends': The Frequency and Impact of Sexual Activity in Crosssex Friendships (researchgate.net) Email us your impolite questions at rude@impolitesocietypodcast.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.
59:58 12/6/21
Society Selects: Can I Eat Myself to Death?
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@impolitesocietypodcast.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 Email us your impolite questions at rude@impolitesocietypodcast.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.
60:10 11/25/21
Why Can't I Eat Dog for Dinner?
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@impolitesocietypodcast.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 FederationEmail us your impolite questions at rude@impolitesocietypodcast.com and visit our website for info about the show and your hosts Laura and Rachel.
65:48 11/22/21

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