Dear Prudence

The “Twincest and TV” Edition

My daughter and son are obsessed with an incestuous romance on TV. Should I be worried? Help!

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Whether it’s a challenge with a lover, a fight with a difficult roommate or boss, or you just like to hear about the challenges other people face, Dear Prudence is the podcast for you. Every week, Prudie and special guests answer questions about relationships, sex, work, family, and life.

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Episode Notes

Prudence is joined this week by Portia Elan, who lives in Oakland, California, and works as a teen librarian. A friend once described her as “farm-strong.”

Prudie and Elan tackle letters about what to do when your twin son and daughter are obsessed with a TV show centered around incest, how to handle discovering that your beloved grandma withheld shocking secrets about your family origins, whether you should carry out your 11-year-old niece’s wishes that you out her to the rest of the family, how to move forward with parents who didn’t go to your same-sex wedding due to faith issues, and what actions you should take when you find out your daughter’s first crush is someone with many mental health issues.

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Production by Phil Surkis.