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Gender Bias

A Delicate (But Strong) Ball of Pink Yarn

Women & The Grammys

Women dominated the Grammys and the Dames took notice! Today’s episode kicks off with their discussion of the show and all the power women there, from the host to the performances to the winners. It was all things women and the Dames know it’s time to get on the train.

Justin Fairfax & Sexual Misconduct

Yet another man has been accused of sexual misconduct. This time it’s Virginia Lt. Governor, Justin Fairfax, with multiple accusations against him. He’s calling for due process because he believes all of the “encounters” were consensual. The Dames pose the question: Why is the first response to accusations not “I’m sorry, I thought it was consensual?” Is there arrogance behind a man who chooses to run politically knowing the incidents that have taken place in his past?  

A Debate Over Pixar

Pixar launched a new short film, Pearl, about a woman (represented by a ball of pink yarn) who goes to work in a place where her colleagues are only white men. The short film is tackling the idea of toxic masculinity in the workplace. The Dames engage in an intense conversation as one of them (can you guess who?) has a very difficult time getting past the fact that a woman is represented by a ball of pink yarn.

The Button: Gender & Running for President

The Button in this episodes revolves around exploring the idea of sexism as a shield. The Dames explore how politics should be reported when there are more women than ever running for president. How does criticism work for topics that would normally be non-gendered? Will questions be asked of women candidates that wouldn’t of a man? The Dames decide this is not something that will be easily answered, but rather something that will be a continuous conversation for the next year and a half.

Criminal Justice Fail

Tracy & Kelly are on a serious note with this episode.

A Victim Fights Back

The Dames dive into a highly publicized sexual assault case they believe was not handled properly by the courts. A D.C.-area woman was assaulted while on a run but the man who committed the crime got off with a misdemeanor charge, 10 days in jail (at his convenience), and probation. When the woman found out her attacker was not complying with his sentence, she took things into her own hands and publicized his behavior. The Dames examine how the criminal justice system failed her and the injustice surrounding the entire case.

Perceived Pain Between Girls & Boys

Gender bias beginning at an early age is the topic of The Button. A study conducted to determine how people perceive pain experienced by boys versus girls concluded that stereotypes begin at an early age. The Dames discuss (but don’t entirely agree on) what that means for gender bias.    

Nevada Makes History

Way to go Nevada, the first state in US History to have women holding the majority in the state legislature! The Dames tip their hats to the Silver State, review the number of women serving in office, and what it could mean for the future of women in this country.