The Dirty Bits

The Dirty Bits

The Dirty Bits Podcast is performed by Tawny Platis, a professional voice actor, who gives a casual -and hopefully comical- southern Californian retelling of the sexy, scandalous, and salacious stories from history your teacher probably left out. Whether it's Hans Christian Andersen's masturbation obsession, Jack Parsons bizarre mixture of NASA, the Occult, and Scientology, or Catherine the Great's chairs embellished with phallic symbols, we're totes about to dive in on the Dirty Bits and learn how the sexual drives of those who came before us shaped our world.... Show More

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Psst...hey lovebugs, it’s Tawny. A quick word before we get started today: George is currently on oxygen and the machine is pretty darn loud. We’re trying to find a way to work around that in regards to the podcast, so you may notice the audio quality is a little funky in this episode. We appreciate your patience as we make adjustments in regard to George’s diagnosis. Stick around for this episode’s “After Dark” segment for more de... Read more

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Welcome to The Dirty Bits of History. I’m Tawny Platis, a professional voice actor, who gives a casual, and comedic southern Californian retelling of the sexy, scandalous, salacious, fierce, funny, and freaky bits of history your teacher probably left out. Stay tuned after the episode or take a peek at the show notes for The Dirty Bits After Dark: Catching Up With Tawny and George, our contact info, coming attractions, and a speci... Read more

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His love for the ladies, particularly intelligent, young, beautiful ones, has been WELL documented. There were at least 13 women Benny-boy dated, er, at least... tried to date. This one is a surprisingly fun romp through flirty history. 

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June 18, 2019 19 min

In today’s episode, we’re taking it all the way back to 15th century France when Agnes Sorel, a lady in waiting from a family of minor nobility became the first officially recognized mistress to the king, inspired many artists of the time, most notably Jean Fouquet’s Virgo Lactan’s or the Nursing Virgin, and was the first woman to hashtag free the nipple.

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In This Episode:
Our lives may (finally) be boring.

Favorite woman comedians?
Why is your show in the LGBTQ category in podcast directory?
Who’s Babbs? I see the name when you sign stuff.
Who is your favorite podcaster?
Game of Thrones finale? Yay or nay?

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The Reverend Sylvester Graham was a hell, fire, and brimstone Presbyterian minister who combined Christianity and healthy living, successfully pioneering the way for all of the self-help guru, diet faddists who now grace our Instagram feeds. 

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A lot of people already know he was a pretty big important, controversial military and a lot of people already know he has a reputation for being into some weird sex shit. What you may not know is that he may have been the original fedora wearing self-proclaimed nice guy with a massive chip on his shoulder.

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The Questions:
What kind of porn do you watch?
What kind of music do you listen to?
What are your favorite podcasts?
What other movies, shows, podcasts etc. are like the Dirty Bits?
Why did the show take a break? And I thought you were doing more and longer episodes?
Do you have kids?
Are you Greek Orthodox?

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George's heart surgery went great! However, when he arrived back home, he was diagnosed with severe pneumonia. He has been in the hospital for two weeks and will be having surgery on Monday to remove the infected growths that were found on his right lung.

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Mary Shelley’s name has been waiting patiently on my episode list for over a year now. I’ve been conflicted about telling her story. One of the reasons I love producing a show about history is due to the fact that everyone is long dead. Nobody can be embarrassed or offended by any sarcasm or sass which makes it much easier to riff on my subjects without much hesitation.

But Mary was different.

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We give you an update on George's surgery and answer your questions from the anonymous suggestion/comment box thingy on our website.

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April 16, 2019 14 min

I’m especially excited to tell Theodora of Byzantium’s story because it’s refreshingly victorious. She’s best known as one of the most influential and powerful Empresses of the Eastern Roman Empire who went from hooker to high roller to Eastern Orthodox Saint.  A lot of what we know about Theodora comes from the Byzantine scholar, Procopius. In his work, he goes back and forth from absolutely gushing about her to depicting her as a... Read more

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April 9, 2019 14 min

If you’re a woman who also likes women, you may recognize her as what is basically the official patron saint of lesbians.

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April 2, 2019 16 min

Olympe de Gouges was a French playwright, political activist, godmother of modern feminism, and a woman who was so revolutionary, the revolution wasn’t ready for her.
Olympe de Gouges is the perfect poster child for the women’s movement and social justice. So why does it seem that so few people know who she is? And for those who do know her name, why is she remembered as a deceptive prostitute who wrote “The Declaration of th...
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March 26, 2019 16 min

The emperor is a lighter one to study because he’s from that time period where you get this blend of saints, mythology, and facts in glorious, gory, written detail. And they all weave together into a beautiful blend of supposition and tom fuckery.

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March 19, 2019 24 min

This episode has everything- Nazis, a twisted Cinderella story, bratty pre-Instagram kids of the uber rich and famous, a disgraced prince, plane crashes, affairs galore, more rumors than facts, Mussolini, Winston Churchill, commies, a jewel heist….and that’s just scratching the surface.

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It's our 50th episode! I'm so happy we've made it this far. Geeze....and we haven't even come (heh heh) close to covering all the dirty bits of history. This episode is George's personal favorite of the podcast's and I hope you enjoy it as much as he did. Cleopatra VII Philopator, more commonly known simply as Cleopatra, was the last, technically for realsies, ruler of the Ptolemaic Kingdom in Egypt because ... Read more

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March 5, 2019 29 min

Lovebugs, this is a fun one. There are so many rumors and after 12 hours of research, I’ve barely scratched the surface of Eva Peron or Evita, as she’s often called.

Eva Peron was an actress, turned First Lady, turned activist, turned kind of saint. You’re going to hear the word “supposedly” A LOT in this episode. Like a lot a lot. Things are a little murky about her life, particularly before she married Juan Peron, the...
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February 26, 2019 18 min

History. Edutainment. The Dirty Bits Podcast. You've been patiently waiting and now it's here. Season 3 of the Dirty Bits Podcast begins with a famous courtesan releasing her memoirs in the 1820s and calling out everyone she slept with in delightful detail, by name, if they hadn’t paid her ahead of time to omit the saucy details before publication.

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Hey guys, it’s Tawny from the Dirty Bits here and heads up, this is unfortunately not a casual retelling of any sexy, scandalous, or salacious stories from history. This is just me talking. So if you’re just holding out for our latest episode, you can go ahead and skip this because it’s just an update for those of you who aren’t in our Facebook group, the Lovebug Brigade, and have been wondering what’s been going on while season 3 ... Read more

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