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Strange Country

Sometimes you need to have a glass of wine, cuppa whatever and listen to a good old weird story. Musical score Resting Place by A Cast of Thousands.

May 18, 2023

You know how every little girl dreams of the day her dad signs a pledge promising to keep her vagina penis-free until she marries. Wait, you don’t? Well, sit back, slap on your purity ring, superglue your legs together and get ready for a Strange Country episode on purity culture.

Theme music: Big White Lie by A Cast of Thousands

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