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181: Dip & Flip

September 10, 2017 at 1:00PM • 1 hour 11 minutes • Wiki Entry

This awkward week we're talking about religious repression, smartphone cock blocking, and multiple controversies. Questions/comments/stories/whatevers? Call/text 509-AWKWARD or visit!

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Awkward Situation of the Week: Sarah hosts a cannabis-infused Shabbat dinner.

This Week's Questions:

  • Mattheyous asks, "The Bristol stool chart on a business card!!!!!! You're welcome!"
  • Alex asks, "Sorry, I am behind and this is dated. I normally love your show, but I just listened to episode 176, and you have your facts so incorrect on so many things I feel like it is irresponsible for you to leave it in the episode. First of all Adam clearly did not know the facts of the case against Michelle Carter, the woman who convinced Conrad Roy to kill himself. First of all, she is 20...he was 18 when he died, she was 17. Second of all, she listened on the phone as he died, she was well aware of what he was doing and what has happening. And she didn't just tell him to do it all ready. Here are some of his texts: When Roy texted Carter that "I keep regretting the past it’s getting me upset," her response was: "Take your life?" and later added, "The time is right and you’re ready, you just need to do it!" In response to Roy expressing trepidation about killing himself, Carter sent him a series of texts appearing to encourage him. "Don’t be scared. You already made this decision and if you don’t do it tonight you’re gonna be thinking about it all the time and stuff all the rest of your life and be miserable," she wrote. "You’re finally going to be happy in heaven. No more pain. No more bad thought and worries. You’ll be free. "It’s OK to be scared and it’s normal. I mean, you’re about to die. "I would be concerned if you weren’t scared, but I know how bad you want this and how bad you want to be happy. You have to face your fears for what you want." The real irresponsible part of the show was the HPV conversation though. There are 170 forms of HPV, 40 are spread sexually. A vast majority do not cause symptoms and most people do not know they have it. Tests exist for a few strains (cervix cancer strains), but they only typically test women for it. The old vaccine was for 4 strains. The new vaccine is for 9 strains. Those 9 stains are mainly the ones that cause warts or cancer. HPV is the most common STD in the US and it is estimated that 75-80% of Americans will have it in there lives. 5% of cancers worldwide are caused by HPV. Despite what you said, it can be big deal for men, especially gay men. Gay men are 31 times more likely to get anal cancer than straight, because of HPV. It is also the main cause of all oral cancers. Condoms can possibly reduce the likelihood of HPV, but are really ineffective, since it is passed by skin contact rather than fluids. Studies have actually failed to prove that they do help (wear them anyway). Everyone should get vaccinated, including men (especially gay men). Ignore the recommended age limit, they only have that because that was the max age of the test group. The court case thing isn't a big deal and really just your opinion, but I feel like you really gave out some dangerously incorrect HPV information to your listeners, and bad advice to the caller."
  • Kary (21/SF) asks, "Hey everyone! This is Kary again from episode 175. I appreciate that you actually took the time to respond to me so honestly and attentively. It meant a lot. I want you to know that as a catholic, its a lot more complicated than just "being honest with yourself" because one side of you wants to be happy and do whatever the fuck you want, and the other half wants to be a better catholic. So my bf and I go through these cycles of sexual things and then feeling guilty and shitty and pledging we wont do it again, and then giving in again. thats why for so long we did things here and there, but now I just feel so guilty that it feels impossible to get out of it. Psychologically, I can't handle enjoying myself without the guilt. which probably keeps me from orgasming. Also my boyfriend has orgasmed multiple times, I have not. And he "tries" but he gets tired or loses interest like way way too soon. I want to try to just have sex without the guilt, but then every Sunday when I can't take the bread, its a reminder that I'm not good with God. Also guilt shouldn't play a role in wanting to be better for God, but I don't know how to figure this out. I shit you not, a nun told me that if I make the decision to have sex, do it with no guilt attached. And if you decide you want to refrain because of religious values, than do it with confidence and autonomy. I'm still trying to figure that out in my life."
  • Hollie (30/SF) asks, "Whatsup Awkwards! I am a 30 year old straight female living in the UK. I have been listening to the show for about a year and I freaking love what you guys and gals do, it makes the commute to work so much easier and makes me feel like I’m not going crazy listening to everyone’s awkwardness. I hope Erica reads my email because I love her sassy voice and if I could afford it I’d totally take her to Red Lobster and feed her cheese biscuits until we passed out in a food coma. If you guys ever come to the UK, I’ll take her to Dip N Flip in London – look it up, its AMAZING. Anyways, here’s my dilemma. Me and my boyfriend have been together for over two years and this year we moved house so he could be closer to some of his friends. He suffers with depression and was feeling really disconnected because he’s very close to his friends and brother who live in London. So we moved. This means I’m now about 45 minutes from my friends and got a new job. New job is great, but I feel really isolated. I don’t see my friends as much, and he does see his more which means I’m either hanging out with them – not so bad, they’re a nice bunch – or on my own. He spends a lot of time on his phone and laptop (He is pretty creative, does a lot of wedding photography, keeps in touch with his friends on the group chat etc., he’s in a band who released some new records this year) which is fine, but I feel like this is getting a bit much and it gest in the way of our relationship. I love this guy, like, a lot. I wouldn’t have moved with him if I didn’t. But I feel like his tech-time is getting in the way of us being a couple. He comes home from work and is either on his phone or mac most evenings and I just feel like a lemon. I started going to cross fit because I felt like I needed my own thing which is awesome, but even then when I come home he is still on his laptop. When we go to bed he’s on his phone - its really hard to initiate sexy fun times when he’s playing words with friends. Whenever I try to approach the subject he tells me I’m on my phone just as much – I will hold my hands up here and say yes, I do sometimes sit on my phone in the evenings while he’s working, but nowhere near as much as he is – and we end up arguing. The annoying part of this is then I feel like the bad person! My question is, how do I approach this without it turning into an argument? How can I make him realise that this is affecting me and see that we need a night where we aren’t on our phones etc. and can get down to the horizontal shuffle or just watch a movie without his phone blowing up? Much love from across the pond, stay awkward."

Special Segment: Naw!

Final Thoughts: You've got mail. Why are you ignoring all the mail you've got?

Related Links:

  • #LetsGetChai: High Jews and people who love chai lattes on Twitter.
  • What's Wrong With You?: Sarah's new podcast! It's awesome so go listen to it and subscribe RIGHT NOW!
  • Challah Hub: Order Challah for Rosh Hashanah Delivery!: If you're in LA, pre-order awesome challah Sarah created for delivery. (We've had it and it's REALLY good. Worth it even if you don't do Jew stuff.)
  • At the Well Female Orgasm Thing: "Pleasure is important. As people, and particularly as women, we are often encouraged to put aside out pleasure for productivity, for propriety, for pleasuring others. It makes me happy to think of women around the world getting together to discuss pleasure."
  • Dip & Flip: Brixton’s biggest burger bar! Hello to Dip & Flip’s fourth and most eccentric site situated on Atlantic Road, a short walk away from The O2 Academy, The Ritzy Cinema and Brixton Underground. Brixton has a larger food menu and wider drinks offering, which includes our cocktail collaboration with Shrub and Shutter, who have crafted 8 bespoke cocktails especially for Dip & Flip. Heading out in Brixton tonight? Show us your local gig or Ritzy cinema ticket to receive 20% off your bill! Brixton Dip & Flip can take bookings for large parties.