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Binchtopia

Julia Hava & Eliza McLamb

Society & Culture

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Overview

If Plato and Aristotle had internet addictions and knew what "gaslighting" was, they'd probably make this podcast. Hosts Julia Hava and Eliza McLamb guide you through our current cultural hellscape, share sociological and psychological perspectives on pop culture, and deconstruct everything you've ever loved. Come have a laugh with us through the end times of late stage capitalism!

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185 Episodes

Bad Book Club: Great Value Gone Girl *TEASER*

The girlies are back with another treat from Colleen Hoover, who bravely asked the question: what if the villain could also suck dick? They review Verity, a crime thriller made up of another pick-me from loser academy, a strange house in the woods, and (did we mention?) PLENTY of blowjobs. This is a teaser for a Patreon-exclusive episode. To listen to the full episode and access over 50 bonus episodes, mediasodes, and monthly zoom hangs visit patreon.com/binchtopia (http://patreon.com/binchtopia) and become a patron today.

Transcribed - Published: 16 May 2024

Richard Nixon...WOMP WOMP

The girlies pick up the story of marijuana where they left off in the 1960’s, exploring how weed evolved from America’s enemy to capitalism’s sweetheart. They discuss the student protestors who lit up for peace, the drug war collab between Nixon and Reagan, how the cops convinced kids to snitch on their parents, and more! Digressions include an exciting geographical announcement, a two year old who can’t read, and Nancy Reagan off the percs. This episode was produced by Julia Hava and Eliza Mclamb and edited by Allison Hagan. To support the podcast on Patreon and access 50+ bonus episodes, mediasodes, zoom hangouts and more, visit patreon.com/binchtopia and become a patron today. SOURCES: Cannabis Use and its Association with Psychological Disorders - PMC DARE snitches: A history of kids who thought they were doing what was right. Grass Roots: The Rise and Fall of Marijuana in America He's serving 40 years in prison, while legal marijuana makes others rich Just Say No - Campaign, Nancy Reagan & Drugs Kent State University Archives: Legal Cases Chronology May 5, 1970 - January 4, 1979 Medicinal Cannabis: History, Pharmacology, And Implications for the Acute Care Setting Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana - Medical, Recreational, and Scientific The Forbidden Fruit and the Tree of Knowledge: An Inquiry into the Legal History of American Marijuana Prohibition HOW HARMFUL IS MARIJUANA? - Marijuana as Medicine? The history of Jews and marijuana goes back a lot farther than you think The Science behind the DEA's Long War on Marijuana The Summer of Love and Protest: Transatlantic Counterculture in the 1960s The war on marijuana: The transformation of the war on drugs in the 1990s Was Nixon's war on drugs a racially motivated crusade? It's a bit more complicated What Ever Happened to 'Just Say No'? What marijuana reclassification means for the United States

Transcribed - Published: 8 May 2024

25 Questions to Fall in Love *TEASER*

Inspired by the famous 36 questions that lead to love, the girlies created their own list that really gets to the heart of people - what inedible object did you chew on as a child? Which of your ex's parents is your favorite? And other important queries that will undoubtedly bring two people closer. This is a teaser for a Patreon-exclusive episode. To listen to the full episode and access over 50 bonus episodes, mediasodes, and monthly zoom hangs visit patreon.com/binchtopia and become a patron today.

Transcribed - Published: 1 May 2024

The Stoned Age

In honor of 4/20, the girlies walk you through the hazy history of a most special substance: marijuana. In the first of two episodes, they discuss how weed has been used throughout history to treat medical maladies and help people connect with the spiritual realm. Plus, how the Mexican Revolution brought the exotic “marihuana” to the states, the original dealers who helped the Jazz greats make their grooviest tunes, Reefer Madness, and more. Digressions include a cursory review of the new Taylor Swift album, the confusing world of TikTok Rizz Party, and our dream blunt rotation. This episode was produced by Julia Hava and Eliza Mclamb and edited by Allison Hagan. To support the podcast on Patreon and access 50+ bonus episodes, mediasodes, zoom hangouts and more, visit patreon.com/binchtopia and become a patron today. SOURCES: A Brief Global History of the War on Cannabis Busted - America's War On Marijuana Grass Roots: The Rise and Fall of Marijuana in America History of cannabis History of cannabis and its preparations in saga, science, and sobriquet History of cannabis and the endocannabinoid system In Jamaica, Rastas ready for pot decriminalization Marijuana - Plant, Use & Effects Rastafari gain sacramental rights to marijuana in Antigua and Barbuda, celebrate freedom of worship Shiva Is A God Who Likes Marijuana — And So Do Many Of His Followers Shiva, Lord of Bhang Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana - Medical, Recreational, and Scientific The Mysterious History Of 'Marijuana' : Code Switch

Transcribed - Published: 24 April 2024

Silly History: Doomed From the Start *TEASER*

The girlies tell the stories of two historical events that were doomed from the start: the Donner Party and The Great Emu War. From the cannibalistic Western settlers to the Australians who thought they could gun down 20,000 wild emus, humans vastly underestimated their environment and suffered the consequences. This is a teaser for a Patreon-exclusive bonus episode. To become a Patron and get access to this episode along with 50+ other bonus episodes, go to www.patreon.com/binchtopia

Transcribed - Published: 17 April 2024

Monogamy Blues

Inspired by the culture’s latest cheating scandals, the girlies unpack monogamy as a social norm and explore what happens when we break the rules. They explore theories of mononormativity, investigate the psychological consequences of being cheated on, and try to answer a pressing question: why are we still attempting monogamy if people keep having affairs? Digressions include the NYC earthquake, kindhearted midwesterners, and one listener’s love of Hoop. SOURCES: Abolish the Family: A Manifesto for Care and Liberation Anatomy of Love Compulsory Monogamy and Polyamorous Existence Forgiveness of Sexual Cheating in Romantic Relationships Greater Wealth Inequality, Less Polygyny: Rethinking the Polygyny Threshold Model Love Is Not a Permanent State of Enthusiasm: An Interview with Esther Perel Once A Cheater, Always A Cheater? Marriage Therapists Weigh In Post Infidelity Stress Disorder Sex at Dawn That’s Revolting! Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation The Aftershocks of Infidelity: A Review of Infidelity-Based Attachment Trauma The Red Queen Was That Cheating? Perceptions Vary by Sex, Attachment Anxiety, and Behavior What’s Wrong With Infidelity?

Transcribed - Published: 10 April 2024

No Good, All Problem *TEASER*

The girlies return to the mailbox to read more stories of clownery and riff on your foolishness. Digressions include why men need to STOP scaring the hoes, some piping hot tea about this season of the Bachelor, and, well, I think we all got groomed over the internet!

Transcribed - Published: 3 April 2024

Bruhtopia

We are so excited to introduce the inaugural episode of Bruhtopia — Binchtopia for boys! Over the next few weeks, Max and Rodney will take you on a journey of all things sports, economics, and wellness… APRIL FOOLS! The girlies are granting diplomas from Clown University to brave binchies writing in about the times they’ve been clowned. From giving yourself a full body rash to running with the gingers to letting your man keep a glass piss bottle in your room for months, the level of clownery is off the charts. Digressions include our own little prank, and don’t worry — we would NEVER let men host our podcast. MERCH PATREON

Transcribed - Published: 27 March 2024

Ugly Rights *TEASER*

The girlies discuss the happenings — the ugly boyfriend apocalypse, insane Conservative conspiracies, the transgenda, Kate Middleton's whereabouts and more. This is a teaser for a Patreon-exclusive episode. To become a patron and get access to this episode along with 50+ other bonus episodes, go to patreon.com/binchtopia

Transcribed - Published: 20 March 2024

Going, Boeing, Gone

The girlies answer a pressing question: why is flying so awful? We used to have hotties in Pan Am uniforms serving us caviar, and now we suffer through heinous security lines to sit in seats with no legroom where the emergency exit door is not guaranteed to stay on til landing. From the Wright Bros to TSA to climate criminals, the girlies unpack the history of all things air travel and ponder if there is a better way. Digressions include two father-related mailbox moments and a new merch drop! The new merch collection will be available at 10am PT // 1pm ET on 3/13 at this link! SOURCES: A Brief History of Airplane Hijackings, From the Cold War to D.B. Cooper Airline Close Calls Happen Far More Often Than Previously Known A Real Life Pan Am Stewardess On What It Was Like To Wear That Famous Uniform Boeing, Still Recovering From Max 8 Crashes, Faces a New Crisis Boeing 707: The Aircraft That Changed the Way We Fly Federal Flight Deck Officers: The Airline Pilots Trained to Shoot Hijackers History of the Airplane How Modern Air Travel Got So Miserable It Was Shoes On, No Boarding Pass Or ID. But Airport Security Forever Changed On 9/11 Longing for the ‘Golden Age’ of Air Travel? Be Careful What You Wish for Pan Am Flight Attendants Had the Most Glamorous Jobs in the Sky Pan Am: The Trailblazing Airline That Changed International Travel PANAMAC Revisited Private jets are awful for the climate. It’s time to tax the rich who fly in them. The Airplane Changed Our Idea of the World The Evolution of the Commercial Flying Experience The Humiliating History of the TSA The Shocking Boeing 737 Incident, Briefly Explained The Wonderful Jet World of Pan American (1959) What Are Carbon Offsets? Are They a Credible Climate Solution? Worried About How Safe It Is to Fly? Here’s What the Experts Have to Say

Transcribed - Published: 13 March 2024

I Paid $50,000 to Attend the Live Wonka Experience

The girlies discuss the most discoursed articles of the month. They cover the Ivy League financial "expert" who put $50k in an unmarked vehicle, a landmark piece about the pull-out method, the article that asks what happens when body-positive influencers get skinny, and more. Twitter digressions include the AI-generated Live Wonka Experience and whether or not your husband should die for being nice to his brother's widow. This is a teaser for a Patreon-exclusive episode. To become a patron and get access to this episode along with 50+ other bonus episodes, go to patreon.com/binchtopia. ARTICLES DISCUSSED: The Day I Put $50,000 in a Shoe Box and Handed It to a Stranger The Case for Pulling Out How Tom Sandoval Became the Most Hated Man in America TikToker Says Dad Abandoning Family for Breakdancing Dreams Is Her Funniest Childhood Trauma, Dad Claps (And Breakdances) Back They Promoted Body Positivity. Then They Lost Weight.

Transcribed - Published: 6 March 2024

I Paid $50,000 to Attend the Live Wonka Experience *TEASER*

The girlies discuss the most discoursed articles of the month. They cover the Ivy League financial "expert" who put $50k in an unmarked vehicle, a landmark piece about the pull-out method, the article that asks what happens when body-positive influencers get skinny, and more. Twitter digressions include the AI-generated Live Wonka Experience and whether or not your husband should die for being nice to his brother's widow. This is a teaser for a Patreon-exclusive episode. To become a patron and get access to this episode along with 50+ other bonus episodes, go to patreon.com/binchtopia. ARTICLES DISCUSSED: The Day I Put $50,000 in a Shoe Box and Handed It to a Stranger The Case for Pulling Out How Tom Sandoval Became the Most Hated Man in America TikToker Says Dad Abandoning Family for Breakdancing Dreams Is Her Funniest Childhood Trauma, Dad Claps (And Breakdances) Back They Promoted Body Positivity. Then They Lost Weight.

Transcribed - Published: 6 March 2024

My Year of Prolonged Suffering and Decrepitude

The girlies confront one of humanity’s oldest anxieties — our fear of aging. From Cleopatra’s donkey milk baths to ten-year-old girls putting Drunk Elephant eye creams on their Christmas lists, they explore how women have always been encouraged to prolong youth at their own expense. Digressions include *that* horrifying NYT article, mixed feelings about going grey, and some treasured wisdom from our older binchies. SOURCES: Anti-Aging Medicine: The History: Life Extension and History: The Continual Search for the Fountain of Youth Babies’ skin is already perfect. Dior wants to sell them a skincare line Charting: A Brief History of Anti-Aging History Lesson: Centuries Of Anti-Aging Products Intact: A Defence of the Unmodified Body No Truth to the Fountain of Youth The Craziest Things People Have Done to Try and Stay Young The Double Standard of Aging by Susan Sontag The “Invisibility” War on Older Women The 10-Year-Olds Using Drunk Elephant Beauty Products 'There's no ethical way to sell products that target signs of aging' They Always Say the Younger You Start, the Better Powerless in the Face of Beauty: Helena Rubinstein at the Jewish Museum Preliminary Materials for a Theory of the Young-Girl Why Americans Are Uniquely Afraid to Grow Old Woman in Retrograde Women, Power, and Aging: An Introduction

Transcribed - Published: 28 February 2024

Bad Book Club: Fifty Shades of Fucked Up *TEASER*

Bad Book Club returns to review the Twilight fanfiction turned kinky nightmare that captivated suburban moms everywhere. This one has it all — a clinically insane man who tells our protagonist to "stay away" while constantly stalking her, the worst stock POC best friend characterization we've ever seen, and some truly heinous sex scenes. ¡Ay, Dios mío! This is a teaser for a Patreon-exclusive episode. To become a patron and get access to this episode and 50+ other bonus episodes, go to patreon.com/binchtopia.

Transcribed - Published: 21 February 2024

Bad Book Club: Fifty Shades of Fucked Up

Bad Book Club returns to review the Twilight fanfiction turned kinky nightmare that captivated suburban moms everywhere. This one has it all — a clinically insane man who tells our protagonist to "stay away" while constantly stalking her, the worst stock POC best friend characterization we've ever seen, and some truly heinous sex scenes. ¡Ay, Dios mío! This is a teaser for a Patreon-exclusive episode. To become a patron and get access to this episode and 50+ other bonus episodes, go to patreon.com/binchtopia.

Transcribed - Published: 21 February 2024

The 2024 Valentine Hotline

In the annual Binchtopia Valentine Hotline, the girlies open up their voicemail box to advise some troubled listeners in matters of the heart. How do I stop being my boyfriend’s mommy? Are love languages even real? How do I plan the best boyfriend convention ever? Will you guys come to my wedding? These questions and more are answered. Digressions include a sass dispatch from Redacted and the Tortured Grammy’s Department.

Transcribed - Published: 14 February 2024

Getting to the -core of It *TEASER*

The girlies dive deep into the micro-trends that have been populating the internet over the last few years. From cottage-core to ballet-core, clean girl to mob wife, they rank microaesthetics based on the level of abject harm they cause to women, the pedophilic undertones, and whether or not they make their brains Soup. Digressions include welcoming Ballerina Farm into the NYT club and digging up dirt on the other Mormon influencers. This is a teaser for a Patreon-exclusive episode. Become a patron and listen to the full episode at patreon.com/binchtopia (http://patreon.com/binchtopia).

Transcribed - Published: 7 February 2024

Getting to the -core of It

The girlies dive deep into the micro-trends that have been populating the internet over the last few years. From cottage-core to ballet-core, clean girl to mob wife, they rank microaesthetics based on the level of abject harm they cause to women, the pedophilic undertones, and whether or not they make their brains Soup. Digressions include welcoming Ballerina Farm into the NYT club and digging up dirt on the other Mormon influencers. This is a teaser for a Patreon-exclusive episode. Become a patron and listen to the full episode at patreon.com/binchtopia (http://patreon.com/binchtopia).

Transcribed - Published: 7 February 2024

We Are All Memes

The girlies hop into the meme pool to investigate how memes are made, why they spread, and what happens when the worst moments of someone’s life follow them forever in the memeiverse. Digressions include a mysterious case of Souping, the Binchtopia infirmary ward, and one listener’s horrifying baby Jesus figurine. Sources:Slayed, Mother: Gypsy Rose’s Digital Homecoming by Jax PreyerThe Meme is Dead, Long Live the Meme by Roy ChristopherTalking to the Guy Who Invented the Word ‘Meme’: Richard Dawkins by Mahmood FazalTaking the Dawkins Challenge, or, The Dark Side of the Meme by Gregory SchremppAlex From Target: The Other Side of FameAlix Bromley AdjudicationInternet Memes and “The Right to Privacy”Most Americans support right to have some personal info removed from online searchesAs a domestic violence victim, my story became a joke. You Know the Lorena Bobbitt Story. But Not All of ItThe Definitive Oral History of the Bobbitt Case, 25 Years Later Accidentally famous: The psychology of going viral Monica Lewinsky Wins The Internet With Best 'I Have A Joke' TweetThe last of the Monica memeMonica Lewinsky on the Culture of Humiliation Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 31 January 2024

Who's Afraid of Gypsy Rose?

The girlies dissect the case of America's newly freed sweetheart, Gypsy Rose Blanchard. Julia puts her PhD studies to use and guides us through the history of Munchausen by proxy, opening up an exploration of why people make themselves and others sick, and how the "bad mom" trope reifies social anxieties around motherhood and care. Digressions include our time in the Stu, the depths of our notesapp, and a bold mailbox moments. To see the video version of this episode and to keep up with our bonus content, subscribe at patreon.com/binchtopia Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 17 January 2024

We Give You A Princess

In the first episode of the New Year, the girlies investigate a cultural concept that plagues us all in the new year: The Makeover. From the transformative promise of the American Dream to hit shows like What Not to Wear and The Biggest Loser, they discuss how “the makeover” seeks to ease cultural anxieties, reify the status quo, and affirm that changing ones appearance can change ones life. Digressions include one listener who found Eliza’s twin at the Margaritaville restaurant in Orlando, another who hears our voices in their schizoaffective delusion, and the world’s need for a one dance.  SOURCES: ElizaMakeover Nation: The United States of Reinvention by Toby MillerThe Makeover: Reality Television and Reflexive Audiences by Katherine SenderThe Great American Makeover: Television, History, Nation by Dana Heller‘Oh goodness, I am watching reality TV’ How methods make class in audience researchNotes on What Not to Wear and Post-feminist Symbolic ViolenceSpirituality Among Americans: Spiritual Beliefs by Pew Research CenterAmericans Take Prescriptions a Large Portion of Their LivesCan I Please Give You Some Advice?: Clueless and the Teen Makeover by Alice LeppertJuliaMakeover TV: Selfhood, Citizenship, and Celebrity by Brenda Weber Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 10 January 2024

The 2023 Lowbrow Roundup

The girlies hop on the mic for the last time this year to recap a timeline of the memes, celebrity relationships, and silly internet shit that captured our attention in 2023. Digressions include a failed STD test and He Need A One Dance. If you’ll miss us on our break, you can find bonus episodes, mediasodes, monthly zoom meetings, and more on Patreon Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 13 December 2023

Saving the Body of Christ for Later

The girlies open up the mailbox and dedicate an entire episode to your hilarious moments. We’re with you through the hard times (salmonella Tinder date) and the good times (dislodging pasta from beneath your fingertip by cooking it soft). Thanks for another year of being our listeners. Digressions include predictions for who will be woman’d in 2024 and our made-up idioms. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 6 December 2023

Baby's First Simulacra

The girlies return to the world of family vloggers to answer the important questions — how did the momfluencer come to be and why are we so obsessed with her? Can children ever meaningfully consent to being shared online? Did Jean Baudrillard predict our real life Truman Show with Simulacra and Simulation in 1981? Digressions include your newest NY Times covergirls, the Binchtopia Boy Draft, and one listener’s experience as an assistant momager. Support the podcast on Patreon at patreon.com/binchtopia Binchtopia is created, produced, and hosted by Julia Hava and Eliza McLamb. This episode was edited by Allison Hagan. *note: we hit the character limit for this description -- additional sources for this episode are linked on our Patreon! SOURCES:Momfluenced: Inside the Maddening, Picture-Perfect World of Mommy Influencer CultureSimulacra and SimulationAre We To Be Forever Trapped Between the Two? The Internet, Modernity, and Postmodernity in the Early 21st CenturyChild-produced content and the simulation of childhoodNew law entitles child social media influencers to a percentage of earningsWhy did Mark Zuckerberg cover his kids’ faces on Instagram?Their lives were documented online from birth. Now, they’re coming of ageThe YouTube Parents Who are Turning Family Moments into Big BucksKidfluencers Are Today’s Version of Chimney SweepsResearch Brief: “Sharenting” and Child InfluencersSharenting: parent blogging and the boundaries of the digital self Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 22 November 2023

Honey I Monetized the Kids Again

The girlies revisit a classic early Binchtopia episode to unpack the phenomenon of child-centric content — this time with sources! In Part 1 they discuss the history of child labor in America including the plight of minor miners, the exploitation of Shirley Temple, and why we LOVE watching videos of Trisha Paytas playing with Malibu Barbie. Digressions include Eliza’s experience of buying Buddhism in Hollywood, Catholic mantras that go hard, and listener-submitted momager stories. Binchtopia is created, produced, and hosted by Julia Hava and Eliza McLamb. This episode was edited by Allison Hagan. SOURCES:History of child labor in the United States—part 1: little children workingHistory of child labor in the United States–part 2: the reform movementThere’s No Business Like Show Business: Child Entertainers and the LawMore Than Pocket Money: A History of Child Actor LawsLittle Miss Fix-It: The Remarkable Life of Shirley TempleBefore The Good Ship Lollipop, Shirley Temple Did 'Baby Burlesks'How cute things hijack our brains and drive behaviour Assessing the cuteness of children: Significant factors and gender differencesGendering CutenessOur Aesthetic Categories: Zany, Cute, Interesting  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 15 November 2023

Honey, I Monetized the Kids Again

The girlies revisit a classic early Binchtopia episode to unpack the phenomenon of child-centric content — this time with sources! In Part 1 they discuss the history of child labor in America including the plight of minor miners, the exploitation of Shirley Temple, and why we LOVE watching videos of Trisha Paytas playing with Malibu Barbie. Digressions include Eliza’s experience of buying Buddhism in Hollywood, Catholic mantras that go hard, and listener-submitted momager stories. Binchtopia is created, produced, and hosted by Julia Hava and Eliza McLamb. This episode was edited by Allison Hagan. SOURCES:History of child labor in the United States—part 1: little children workingHistory of child labor in the United States–part 2: the reform movementThere’s No Business Like Show Business: Child Entertainers and the LawMore Than Pocket Money: A History of Child Actor LawsLittle Miss Fix-It: The Remarkable Life of Shirley TempleBefore The Good Ship Lollipop, Shirley Temple Did 'Baby Burlesks'How cute things hijack our brains and drive behaviour Assessing the cuteness of children: Significant factors and gender differencesGendering CutenessOur Aesthetic Categories: Zany, Cute, Interesting  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 15 November 2023

Please I've Been Dying to Talk About This

The girlies go soapbox mode to discuss two women in history that they can’t stop thinking about: their special interest girlbosses. Julia tells the fascinating story of Annie Oakley, the most snatched sharpshooter of all time, and Eliza gets deep into the lore of Connie Converse, the mysterious (gay?) 50’s songwriter who pioneered the genre before disappearing without a trace. Plus, more Kardashian discourse, an angel update, and homophobia-themed mailbox moments. To help keep these episodes ad-free, access bonus episodes, and support the podcast, head to patreon.com/binchtopia Binchtopia is created, produced, and hosted by Julia Hava and Eliza McLamb. This episode was edited by Allison Hagan. SOURCESThe true story of Annie Oakley, legendary sharpshooterAnnie Oakley | National Women's History Museum.What the True Story of Buffalo Bill Reveals About the Myth of the Wild WestAnnie Oakley: In A Man’s World Annie Oakley: The PersonTo Anyone Who Ever Asks: The Life, Music, and Mystery of Connie Converse by Howard FishmanThe Art of Disappearance by Hanif Abdurraqib Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 8 November 2023

Eerie Episode: We Are The Witches You Couldn't Cancel

The girlies are back with another Eerie Episode™, this time covering all things WITCHES! They go back into the annuls to unpack the history of European witchery, the Salem Witch trials, voodoo, the current-day Wicca practitioners, and the Etsy spell sellers of today. They discuss “witch” as a socially imposed category and the evolution of witchy practices throughout history. Digressions include some Russian witch tea from a listener and Khloe Kardashian’s unfortunate lot in this life as a Victim Soul. Binchtopia is created, produced, and hosted by Julia Hava and Eliza McLamb. Research for this episode was contributed by Ben Rosenfeld and Charlie Squire. Sources:The Devil in the Shape of a WomanA Brief History of the Salem Witch TrialsDamned Women: Sinners and Witches in Puritan New EnglandWhy Do Witches Ride Brooms? (NSFW)Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation Drawing Down the Moon : Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America TodayDaring to Be Bad: Radical Feminism in America Cultural Appropriation in Contemporary Neopaganism and WitchcraftPerceptions of New Orleans Voodoo: Sin, Fraud, Entertainment, and ReligionNew Age and Neopagan Religions in America Fantasies of Gender and the Witch in Feminist Theory and LiteratureWitchcraft for Sale! Commodity vs. Community in the Neopagan Movement Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 31 October 2023

Eerie Episode: Vampires, Twihards, and The Gothic

The girlies venture into Vampire Lore™  in Part I of a series of Eerie Episodes. They explore the shocking disease that turned people into vampires, the impact of vampiric literature, how Stephanie Meyer bastardized Gothic traditions via Mormonism, and more! Digressions include a plug for our upcoming virtual live show, an earnest diary entry from a day-one Twihard, and advice for a binchie who can’t stop dating people who want them to suck their blood.  Get tickets to our virtual Halloween live show here! SOURCES:Vampires: Real Origins, Legends, and StoriesThe Bloody Truth About VampiresBorn to the Purple: the Story of PorphyriaAttention, Predation, Counterintuition: Why Dracula Won’t Die by Mathias ClasenThe Weird and the Eerie by Mark Fisher(Un)safe Sex: Romancing the Vampire by Karen BacksteinTwilight’s Heteronormative Reversal of the Monstrous: Utopia and the Gothic Design by Kelly BudruweitMy Vampire Boyfriend: Postfeminism and “Perfect” Masculinity Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 25 October 2023

Spiritual Materialism Is My Roman Empire

In the spirit of the Spirit Season, Eliza brings on religious scholar and bestie Kate Twomey to answer listener-submitted questions about spirituality, enlighten us about the existence of a non-binary Christian God, why some of you want to fuck nuns, and more! Plus, a forward to briefly discuss the Israel-Gaza war. Support the podcast on Patreon at patreon.com/binchtopia! Tickets for our virtual live show, Binchtopia: A Spooky Halloween Spectacular! can be found here. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 18 October 2023

What Is He Doing With the Butter...?

The girlies dive back into the treasure trove that is Reddit, where people complain about a seagull stealing cigarettes, a cat that shouldn’t be taxidermied, a disturbing butter mystery, and so much more. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 11 October 2023

I Got Too Silly

The girlies are in for a nostalgic episode, exploring two of the most puzzling crazes of the 2000’s — Dance Dance Revolution and SillyBandz. Digressions include an entire intro dedicated to telling landlords to GET A REAL JOB!!!!! Plus, the first ever mobile Binchtopia academy for youths.  SOURCES: Are We Human, or Are We Dancer? The Legacy of ‘Dance Dance Revolution,’ 20 Years Later ‘Dance Dance Revolution’ Movie In Works At Stampede; Company Ups Cara Fano To Director Of Development Machine Dance as Fitness and Sport Evolving Relationship between Humans and Machines An Interview With Poet Cathy Park Hong The Last Two Dance Dance Revolution Machines in Manhattan Silly Bandz, the Bracelets That Spring Off Shelves The History & Phenomenon of Sillybandz Silly Bandz Banned Silly Bandz Danger American Fads: Silly Bandz Children’s Peer Cultures Silly Bandz and the Currency of Information Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 4 October 2023

Fatshamed At the 9/11 Tribute Rager

The girlies finally give the people what they’ve been begging for — an episode on fraternities and sororities. They investigate the fake Greek roots of the American phenomenon, the cost of sorority rush (both spiritual and financial), the dangers of Greek Life, and so much more. Digressions include a wealth of mailbox moments about your own cursed sorority experiences. We no longer host ads on Binchtopia thanks to the support of our patrons. To help make Binchtopia possible and to get access to bonus, mediasodes, zoom hangouts, and a community of binchies, head over to patreon.com/binchtopia. SOURCES:How American Sororities Got Their StartThe American FraternityThe Divine Nine: The history and impact of Black Greek letter organizationsA Brief History of Jewish Greek Life‘I went through it so you should too’: Why Greek Life hazing won’t die10 Sorority Hazing Horror StoriesI Let 3 Sorority Rush Consultants Read My Life for FilthParents pay me $3,500 to help their daughters get into a sorority.It’s All Greek to MeHow Does Sorority Recruitment Work?College Students Keep Dying Because of Fraternity Hazing. Why Is It So Hard to Stop?Students accused of sexual misconduct say Title IX isn't working — and victims agreeThe Hunting Ground: the failures of a new documentary about rape on college campuses.Sexual Victimization Among Sorority Women by Amanda HinkelBama Rush TikTok Is Exposing the Wild Money Behind College Greek Life Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 27 September 2023

Adderall Made Me an Atheist (w/ Hannah Einbinder)

The girlies welcome a special guest — comedian, Emmy nominated actress, and patreonite Hannah Einbinder! The girlies talk Judaism, why comics lack emotional fortitude, one of the most iconic shitting-in-public stories we've ever heard, updates from the SAG strike, and more! Plus, she weighs in on some of your mailbox moments. We no longer host ads on Binchtopia thanks to the support of our patrons. To help make Binchtopia possible and to get access to bonus episodes, mediasodes, zoom hangouts, and a community of binchies, head over to patreon.com/binchtopia. See Hannah on tour! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 20 September 2023

With the Band

In the second part of their rockstar saga, the girlies discuss the unsung heroes of rock’s orbit — the Black musicians of Soul, the groupies who surrounded the stars, and the grrrls who refused to stand for the bullshit. Digressions include the funeral of unenthusiastic Binchtopia ad reads, not falling for the misogynistic hate campaign against Sophie Turner, and some mailbox moments that seem to be straight out of r/ambien. SOURCES:Indexing of Musical Genres: An Epistemological Perspective by Knut Tore AbrahamsenJust Around Midnight: Rock and Roll and the Racial Imagination by Jack HamiltonThe ‘whitewashing’ of Black music: A dark chapter in rock history by Chris JancelewiczPop Stars Aren’t Popping Like They Used To – Do Labels Have a Plan? By Elias LeightWhy Aren’t More Popstars Being Born? By Chris EggertsenA Very Black History of Punk MusicRiot Grrrl: Revolutions from within by Jessica Rosenberg and Gitana GarofaloRiot Grrrl ManifestoI’m with the Band: Confessions of a Groupie'I wouldn’t want this for anybody’s daughter': will #MeToo kill off the rock'n'roll groupie? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 13 September 2023

Rock 'n' Roll Takes Its Toll

The girlies are back from sabbatical to discuss the psychos that tour even longer and harder than us — rockstars. They give you a brief rundown of rock as a genre, why it died in the 90's (according to Eliza and Gav), the property damage, animal abuse, and general tomfoolery of rock's greatest frontmen, and how touring damages your psyche. Digressions include Julia's review of The Rodeo, Eliza's fear that she's passing down generational trauma to her cat, and our ongoing beef with one listener's father. Support the podcast on Patreon to get access to bonus episodes, mediasodes, and monthly zoom hangs at patreon.com/binchtopia. Check out our merch at https://fanjoy.co/collections/binchtopia Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 6 September 2023

Wherever You Go, There You Are (unlocked from Patreon)

Eliza has on a very special guest, her 66-year-old pilates teacher, Eeda. Eeda reflects on being 10 years sober, her storied history with addiction and perfection, and why no movie about ballet ever gets it quite right. This episode has been unlocked from Patreon. If you'd like to listen to more bonus episodes, head over to www.patreon.com/binchtopia. We will be taking a break from the main feed for the rest of the month, but will still be uploading regularly on Patreon. See you in September! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 16 August 2023

Dishonorably Discharged From The IDGAF War

The girlies are on the road and bring back a classic chatty episode from the same hotel bed. They talk Taylor Swift's most diabolical tour yet, Julia getting psychically assaulted in DC, what really constitutes a war crime, and more! Support the podcast on Patreon here. Check out our merch here! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 9 August 2023

Barbietopia

The girlies review the movie that’s taken over our zeitgeist and turned everything pink — BARBIE 💕👱🏻‍♀️With help from film critic and Barbie movie expert Zoë Rose Bryant, they explore whether or not a two-hour toy commercial can be feminist, whether or not we need it to be, and most importantly... BEAUTIFUL gowns. Digressions include manosphere nightmares, putting on our tinfoil hats to talk about The Aliens, and one listener’s helpful expertise in maritime law. Follow Zoë on Twitter and Letterboxd. Click here to come see us live! Check out our merch here! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 2 August 2023

Camp Cool, Not School Cool

Julia is joined by Binchtopia favorite, her dad Gav, for a wide-ranging conversation about all things summer camp! They discuss the origins of summer camp in America, the extremely specific Jewish sleepaway camp experience, and why people still covet the 1970s summer camp aesthetic. Digressions include the new QAnon blockbuster, some father-daughter creative projects, and getting traumatized by Passover cosplay. SOURCES:Summer Camp Has Always Been About Escaping Modern LifeThis Land Is Your Land: Native minstrelsy and the American summer camp movementClick here for tickets to our shows!Click here for our merch! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 26 July 2023

Asking the Dumb Questions

The girlies get down to business and confront the questions society is too scared to ask: are mosquitoes tiny terrorists? Should I be getting preventative rabies shots? WHAT IS GLASS?? And so, so much more. This episode involves minimal reseach, maximum questioning, and radically accepting our ignorance. Digressions include medical mystery corner, the unending mystique of The Ocean, and an unanswered query about the relationship between two Godly Wives.  Click here for tickets to our shows!Click here for our merch! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 19 July 2023

The Manosphere

The girlies take a trip into The Manosphere — the community of internet men who think that feminism is ruining the world and can’t stop podcasting about it. They talk Rush Limbaugh, Joe Rogan, Andrew Tate, Jordan Peterson, and more! Fun! Digressions include a ride on the toxic gossip train, an unfortunate return of public free-bleeding, and a Spanish teacher who posted hole on main. Find the video version of this episode, along with over 50 bonus episodes, here. Buy our merch here! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 12 July 2023

Napoleon's Complex Situationship

The girlies recount the history of humanity's most romantic creation — the love letter — and its contemporary counterpart, the sext. They talk James Joyce’s fart fetish, what revenge porn looked like in the 70’s, and why the American public waged war on teen sexting in the 2000’s. Digressions include raising awareness about The Great Vyvanse Shortage of 2023, a lament about the failure of American language education, and one listener’s poet boyfriend from hell. SOURCES:What history’s love letters revealFamous Love Letters Throughout History A Brief History of Love LettersLove letters in Shakespeare: As You Like It, Hamlet, and The Two Gentlemen of VeronaNapoleon’s Love Letters to JosephineOscar Wilde’s Stirring Love Letters to Lord Alfred “Bosie” DouglasA Thing That Wants VirginiaForbidden love: The WW2 letters between two menA Brief History of Erotic PhotographyA Brief, Dirty History of SextingThe Self-Porning of American YouthHow Reggie Brown Invented Snapchat Plus... Eliza getting cyberbullied on main   Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 5 July 2023

Evil Gays Get RESULTS

The girlies celebrate pride month by conversing about their favorite evil gays — Ellen Degeneres and George Santos. Digressions include the SHEIN propaganda trip for influencers, a Hilaria update, and a hilarious misunderstanding about one listener’s horse-related mailbox moment. Support the podcast on Patreon here. Find tickets for our live shows here Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 28 June 2023

Hooves Up!

The girlies investigate a beloved middle school archetype — the horse girl. They explain the history of The American Horse™️, the women who protected them from extinction, and why love stories between girls and horses are so much more empowering than the heteronormative scripts we were given as children. Digressions include Twitter’s true crime brain rot, Julia’s recap of The Idol, and whether or not Eliza would be a good candidate for equine therapy. Find the video version of this episode at patreon.com/binchtopia SOURCES:New Research Rewrites the History of American HorsesHow Sky Dogs (the horse) were createdHealing With the Power Of Horses; Therapists Use Riding To Help Treat DisabilitiesHorses Can Read Human Facial ExpressionsGirls and Horses: A Sex Difference in AttachmentsStrong, Active Women: (Re)doing rural femininity through equestrian sport and leisureThe Fantasy Embeddedness of Girls’ Horse DrawingsWhy Are Horse Girls Always Trending?What Are Horse Girls and Why Does Everyone Hate Them?Carmen Maria Machado On Her Complicated Young Relationship With HorsesHorse Crazy: Girls and the Lives of Horses by Jean O’Malley Halley Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 21 June 2023

Getting Schooled

The girlies explore the history of an increasingly popular trend for American parents: homeschooling. They cover the history of public education, why homeschooling appeals to outliers on both the political right and left, and beg the question: do you have autism or were you just homeschooled? Digressions include our sold-out tour and second shows, identifying a binchie based on our cult-like language alone, and nostalgia for the 7am fistfights taking place somewhere in a public school bathroom. Support the podcast on Patreon at patreon.com/binchtopia. Find tickets to our live shows at linktr.ee/binchtopia SOURCES: Martin Luther Was An Advocate For Education ReformPerfecting Childhood: Horace Mann and the Origins of Public Education in the United States Catharine Beecher and the Education of American Women Would Unschooling Actually Make My Kids Any Happier?Why Homeschooling HappenedHomeschooling Pioneer Susan Wise is Well-Versed in Controversy‘When You Get Into Unschooling, It’s Almost Like a Religion’‘A form of resistance’: More Black families are choosing to homeschool their children"Parental rights" started on the Christian fringe — now it's the GOP's winning issueHow Christian Nationalism Seeped Into Home Schooling Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 14 June 2023

Hope This Helps!

The girlies are back with another fan-favorite Reddit episode. They review a wide range of rich texts to make the critical judgment: who is the asshole here? Potential assholes include someone who stood up at a Beyoncé concert, a man who gave his wife a parenting performance review, and a kid who's obsessed with ruining some guy's lawn. Digressions include an East Coast tour announcement, Eliza's recent loss, and the hip-to-waist ratio on medical mannequins. Support the podcast on Patreon at patreon.com/binchtopia Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 7 June 2023

Heiresses Gone Wild

The girlies recount the fascinating stories of two famous heiresses — Isabella Stewart Gardner and Patty Hearst. They discuss their tumultuous lives, their complicated legacies, and what happens when white women have an existential crisis. Digressions include a four minute segment about our tits, tradwives stealing valor, and which Instagram accounts you can’t check if you’re ovulating. Support the podcast on Patreon at patreon.com/binchtopia Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 31 May 2023

Valley of the Sex Dolls

The girlies contend with the complex history of man’s most baffling creation — the sex doll. They unpack the contested history of sailors circle-jerking into homemade wenches, what hyper-realistic silicone dolls are doing to our contemporary beauty standards, and ask an important question: is every man who has ever owned one a sexist pig or are we all Puritans for thinking so? Plus, a discussion about a man, his sex doll wife, and the Instagram account that started it all. Digressions include the most horrific photo that’s ever graced the Binchtopia inbox, the prison break of Eliza’s cats, and an exciting announcement from Julia. Support the podcast on Patreon at patreon.com/binchtopia SOURCES:A (Straight, Male) History of Sex DollsSex Dolls at SeaGuest Lecture by Dr. Bo Ruberg - Imagined Histories of Sexual TechnologiesThe Modern Sex-Doll Owner: A Descriptive AnalysisExploring the Psychological Characteristics and Risk-related Cognitions of Individuals Who Own Sex DollsGendered Synthetic Love: Real Dolls and the Construction of IntimacySex Doll Ownership: An Agenda for ResearchReal Dolls (article)Real Dolls websiteDominance and Affection: The Making of PetsTechnofetishism and the Uncanny Desires of A.S.F.R. (alt.sex.fetish.robots)A Cyborg Manifesto Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 24 May 2023

The Second Arrow

Julia reflects on The Weight of It All one year later with musician and breakup bestie Georgia Greene.  Plus, we made you a breakup playlist. xoxo Check out Georgia's band Trousdale here! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Transcribed - Published: 17 May 2023

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