#SexStrike By Alyssa Milano
Episode #75 begins with Alyssa Milano calling for a sex strike due to the new abortion laws that are being implemented in some states. The Dames ponder whether Milano’s call could hurt, rather than benefit, the feminist cause. It also leads to a discussion between The Dames about the double standard that comes with women’s traditional responsibility for preventing pregnancy, and the choices that both sexes make.
The Button! Women Encountering Adversity
This week’s The Button! segment discusses the recently released American Psychological Association’s (APA) new guidelines “to help therapists who treat girls and women”. The Dames share the new guidelines, which sparks a conversation about traditional masculinity in men and expectations of childbirth and marriage that many women are left to work out for themselves.
Elizabeth Holmes & Her Effect on Feminism
In this episode, the Dames tackle lean-in feminism. Elizabeth Holmes, the founder of the company Theranos, used everything available to her, including her looks to land investments for her company that was developing a medical test that turned out to be fraud. The Dames leaning-in. It was successful for Elizabeth but can anyone lean in? Also does the fact that she leaned in and her product was fraudulent hurt the women’s movement to be strong bosses?
The Button: Sexism in Medicine & The Turn to Natural Cures
Is sexism in medicine driving women to utilize dangerous natural cures is the question asked in this week’s Button. It leads to an interesting conversation about vaginal steaming.
Sexism & Dress Code
Relaxed dress code is becoming a new thing. However, is it better for men or for women? Men are excited about it but many women feel it is a trap as there are too many options regarding what is considered professional. The Dames get a bit heated on this topic as they have different points of view on clothing.
Study Shows Women in Power Equals Fewer Deaths
Do more women in government positions mean better public health? The Dames examine a recent study released that found that when more women are in power there are fewer deaths overall. The Dames ponder if this is due to women putting their focus on different priorities than their counterparts and if the results of their efforts are fewer deaths.
Klobuchar and the Flying Binder
Amy Klobuchar has the Dames conflicted, especially Kelly. Klobuchar is a Democratic Senator from Minnesota who recently announced her candidacy for the presidency. She has a reputation of being a “tough” boss and there are reports of her throwing office supplies at an employee. With a caring public persona and employees that have both loved her and disliked her, should her temperament overshadow her achievements? Is she a crazy lunatic or a caring individual? The Dames are torn and ask if she was a man, would this discussion even be taking place?
The Button: Girls’ Behavior at School
The Button takes place in the “school of real life” this week. Tracy’s recounts an experience her daughter recently had at school where she was disciplined for defending herself. The Dames agree that girls need to be given space to stand up and protect themselves, without facing repercussions for their actions.
We join the Dames today on your favorite podcast covering sexism as they enjoy wine in a can. Hold on to your britches because Kelly and Tracy get feisty with each other in this episode, and agree there are just some things they will disagree about until they’re dead.
Congresswoman Tlaib Curses
The Dames begin by talking about the statement Congresswoman Tlaib from Michigan made on Swearing-in Day that caused an uproar. She said, “We are going to impeach the motherfu@#$!.” Kelly argues that it’s sexism – a double standard for women. A man (Trump) has used the same language and gotten away with it. If you can’t beat him, might as well join him, right? Tracy thinks that Talib has tarnished all the achievements that came with her election to office. Get yourself some popcorn; the discussion gets heated and entertaining.
Courage to Run Back at It
Frieda Edgette joins the Dames to discuss Courage to Run, a nonpartisan 5k run/walk based in D.C., and its path for 2019. Courage to Run is growing and plans to use the political “off” year to build up support for women to live healthy and lead effectively. You can listen to the first time we spoke with Frieda here.
Elizabeth Warren and Likeability
Finally, The Button has Kelly and Tracy talking about Elizabeth Warren’s Presidential Run once again; it’s only been a week since she stepped into the presidential election and the lady shit has already hit the f#$% fan. What is the issue surrounding women candidates? If the issue isn’t likeability than is it just sexism and misogyny? Or is there more to it than that?
Women can do anything men can do, including trek across Antarctica. The Ice Maiden team, six women from the British army, did just that.
The Button! surfaced sexism by the Chicago Tribune regarding one of the five women running to be mayor of Chicago. The social media headline on a piece about Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza read, “If Boss Madigan and Rahm Emanuel conceived a daughter, she’d be Susana Mendoza.” As Chicago Sun-Times columnist Laura Washington puts it, “To portray an accomplished, savvy woman with 20 years in politics as the Frankenstein monster love child of two men is as sexist as it gets.”
This leads to a larger discussion: Even though times are changing, some men still credit women’s successes to the men they’ve known and compare everything women do to how a man would do it. As evidence, Kelly shares the story about a progressive man who couldn’t seem to speak of a colleague in anything but pronouns and asks the question, “Is a deeply internalized sexism bubbling to the surface now that overt sexism is shamed?”
Women can do anything men can do, but research shows women get far more stressed about doing anything, even when they don’t have to. Luckily, there are ways for women to manage stress (besides booze and Xanax) that will improve relationships at work and at home.
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us to all of you! Thank you for listening. We have big plans for 2019, so stay tuned for more and tell your friends about Dame It All To Hell!