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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February 19, 2024 65 mins

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….”

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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 m...

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January 22, 2024 45 mins

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 b...

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January 8, 2024 47 mins

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 pl...

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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 monster...

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December 11, 2023 63 mins

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 t...

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November 27, 2023 52 mins

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...

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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 f...

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October 30, 2023 54 mins

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)...

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October 16, 2023 50 mins

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...

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October 2, 2023 84 mins

 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 appea...

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October 1, 2023 17 mins

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.

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July 11, 2022 34 mins

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.

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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.

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June 13, 2022 59 mins

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?

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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 an...

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May 16, 2022 60 mins

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....

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May 2, 2022 62 mins

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 q...

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April 18, 2022 54 mins

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...

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April 4, 2022 62 mins

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?
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