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Tea & Vulgarity

Tea & Vulgarity

By Talley Gale
"It's BRIDGERTON meets THIS AMERICAN LIFE"
Fetch your smelling salts! The Victorians were right naughty! Lady LeTITcia and other members of the social register clink cups and read scintillating erotica from...Victorian-era England.
NSFW. 18+.
Cover art: Taylor Hopkins.
All music under a Creative Commons License.
Opening and closing clips: Mendelssohn's String Quintet No.2, Op.87, Musicians from the Ravinia Festival's Stean Institute
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Flea-Sized Pod 14: Her Posterior's Aperture
When I recorded this, I didn't realize the new subleaser was still home...oops.
07:38
January 14, 2022
Flea-Sized Pod 13: The Huge Genitals of Father Clement
3 not-so-hot priests
04:38
January 14, 2022
Flea-Sized Pod 12
Bella in her kid boots! Myles O'Toole makes me an omelette
03:41
December 20, 2021
Flea-Sized Pod 11
Bella experiences DP -- double priests, dubious penises. Someone fetch this lady her salts.
05:14
December 16, 2021
Flea-Sized Pod 10
Butt, Father!!
03:49
December 12, 2021
Flea-Sized Pod 9
What can Bella take down her gullet???
03:38
December 12, 2021
Flea-Sized Pod 8
Myles O'Toole can't find the origin of Hotty Boom Body
02:58
December 12, 2021
Flea-Sized Pod 7
Bella and the priestly orgy
04:06
December 10, 2021
Flea-Sized Pod 6
A very ugly priest turns Bella on. This one is preposterously descriptive!!
04:32
December 06, 2021
Flea-Sized Pod 5
More priests!
03:17
December 06, 2021
Flea-Sized Pod 4
More hot priest action
04:20
December 03, 2021
Flea-Sized Pod 3
Another teensy bit of tittilation
02:38
December 03, 2021
Flea-Sized Pod 2
Another 2 minutes dedicated to the revels of Bella, Hot Priest, and our sentient -and literate - flea.
02:11
November 23, 2021
Flea-Sized Pod
A teensy weensy sip of Flea's story for your afternoon pick-me-up.
02:14
November 23, 2021
Footnotes: Flea Fetish
Why would someone associate a flea with sex? Well, both fleas, and fleas on people, were a fairly common part of Victorian life. This is a short footnotes episode to give some context.
08:54
November 17, 2021
The Autobiography of a Flea: Chapter 2
The Flea witnesses Father Ambrose (Count Frolo, Mister Tumnus, & the Hot Priest rolled into one) helping Bella...um...atone...for her sins. Bella ascends to the Heavens. Lady Axewound joins again to spill some flea tea. Featuring Jillian Leff. 
36:55
October 19, 2021
The Autobiography of a Flea: Chapter One
Lady Taintbury returns with Lady Letitia to read the 1887 erotic novel The Autobiography of a Flea. In this first chapter, we learn of this "most exalted" flea (whom we envision as PT Flea) and his "host," the lovely Bella.  Somehow, A Bug's Life, Fleabag, and Veggie Tales all find their way into this world. Featuring Molly Wagner
44:31
September 26, 2021
Olden Songs: "9 Inch Will Please a Lady" & "The Lusty Young Smyth"
The Countess of Clitterdown arrives to revel in song! This episode focuses on naughty chansons, both Victorian and earlier. (The Countess is, in fact, a professional cellist by trade.) Lady Letitcia toots her pennywhistle for us. 
24:22
June 29, 2021
Footnotes: Astrology
Body Politic member, sex-therapist-in-training, and astrology buff Lida Rubanava discusses the connection between the planets and our relationships.  Book featured: The Astrology of Love &Sex: A Modern Compatibility Guide, by Annabelle Gat Check out: wearebodypolitic.com
25:22
June 01, 2021
Nonfiction: The Directory of Covent Garden Sex Workers
In the late 1700s, an enterprising fellow put together a list of the sex workers of Covent Garden. This book, known as Harris' List, is the inspiration behind the television series "Harlots." Miss Carmilla Godeminche is a bastion of knowledge about this book and does some lovely reading of excerpts. Carmilla is also the name of a lady vampire whose tale pre-dates Dracula.  Featuring Ashleigh Becker 
20:34
May 20, 2021
Gamahuche My Cooch!
Thank Venus we brought in Lady Shagsworth. She does a MARVELOUS American accent -- who knew? Today we get philosophical with some Dr Johnson, discuss the origins of "gamahuche," read "The Origin of Copulation," tell a bit of gossip about American women, and revel in how Lady Pokingham seduces a servant.  Featuring Raven Pierson
22:15
May 08, 2021
Footnotes 3: A Family Affair
Jillian Leff (aka Lady Axewound) has read some INTERESTING literature, and Talley discovered something shocking about one of the more prolific women poets. Listen as we but scratch the surface of lesbian writers, familial outlooks on sex, and how [upperclass] Victorian society viewed queerness. 
24:42
April 22, 2021
ASMR bonus episode
For, indeed, why ever not? Some of Lady Letitcia's favorite excerpts, read in intimate manner... ASMR: Autonomous sensory meridian response. Meaning certain sounds make your body get all tingly. 
03:52
April 17, 2021
A Man's Perspective: God Save the Queen!
The salacious Sir Cocksworth Pennythrift joins to sing a ravishing rendition of God Save the Queen, revel in the provocative prose of La Rose D'Amour, and correct Lady L's pronunciation of "indefatigable."  Featuring Jack Wallace.
25:27
April 14, 2021
Lesbians, or, The Reprise of Mossy
This episode is the first of several dedicated to women loving women. The selections are naughty but also frequently sweet. We also include some non-Anglo works.  Did you know the woman who wrote "In the Bleak Midwinter" also wrote a homoerotic nursery rhyme? BY MY TROTH, SHE DID. With Lady Axe-wound, aka Jillian Leff 
18:43
March 23, 2021
"And flourishes her jutting arse"
Lady Axewound makes her teatime debut! Along with Lady Letitcia, she indulges in: "Arithmetician: a Fact," an ode to an opera dancer, a couple dirty acrostics, more Lady Pokingham (a derriere affair), and a warning to ladies about violet powder. Unbutton your bustiers!  Featuring Jillian Leff
20:15
March 17, 2021
Footnotes 2: Art, Seattle, Strange Laws
Molly Wagner joins Talley again for more thoughtful footnote talk. Queen Victoria was a racy lady. Have we "cleaned up" our interpretation of the nude in Western art? Seattle thrives all thanks to a Madame. 
20:45
March 09, 2021
Hot Priest: A Man of the Cloth is Still a Man
Sins of the flesh? My dear child! The Venerable Reverend Myakovsky graces Lady LeTITcia's parlour and incandescently illuminates the dogmas of toys, anal sex, cigars, STIs, and the best time of life to ascertain one's predilections. He also enjoys lifting his voice in dulcet tones to the heavens.  Featuring Matthew Duncan
27:18
March 04, 2021
Where's My Barrister?
The tireless Lady Taintbury is back to nosh crumpets and spill the tea with Lady Letitcia. Our friends recite poetry and read more about Lothair, who's gamahuching before he becomes a man of the cloth. Lady T fills us in on her own sordid past. Lady L hopes Dave's Killer Bread won't sue her.  Featuring Molly Wagner!
16:32
February 24, 2021
Footnotes 1: Other Racy Publications
THE PEARL wasn't the only publication the Victorians salivated over. Molly Wagner (aka Lady Taintbury) joins Talley in the first of our "educational real-talk" episodes to discuss the other...um...literature published during this period. 
15:59
February 14, 2021
Speculum in Batches
Lady PlumPudding (from the penal colony) attends tea with Lady Letitcia to read a letter, muse on syphilis (let's bring it back!), and dissect a ballad about the Contagious Diseases Act.  Featuring Amy Nasseri of Orgasm Lab
22:09
February 03, 2021
Vibrator Chair
Lady Blossombosom reluctantly joins Lady LeTITcia to sing a bawdy song to the tune of an old hymn. Featuring Ian Katee Gale. All music under a Creative Commons License.
18:45
January 29, 2021
Mossy
Lady Taintbury, an old schoolfellow of Lady LeTITcia's, puts her wit to work reading about Mister Pego, moss, beavers, and other names for our genitalia.  Featuring Molly Wagner All music under a Creative Commons License. 
14:20
January 29, 2021
Crumpet
Welcome to Tea & Vulgarity! Grab your smelling salts, and be ready to meet Ladies Letitcia and Blossombosom as they read tittilating tales from Victorian England.  Music: Musicians from the Ravinia Festival Stean's Intstitute; Benjamin Moser; BNTT
14:40
January 23, 2021