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It’s The Sexism, Stupid

Touching: Appropriate or Not?

Joe Biden’s habit of touching of hair and shoulders has the Dames talking (again) about physical contact. They explore what is appropriate and what isn’t, and discuss the option of speaking up when one does or does not like to be touched (even handshakes and hugs!). It is well known that physical touch is a human need, so The Dames pose the question: What does it mean for social interactions in the future that women often don’t want to be touched?

The Button: It’s The Sexism, Stupid

This week’s sexist talk is all about media coverage of women presidential candidates. Sadly, this topic is not going away anytime soon. However, the Dames point out that it is a circular problem: In order to get media coverage you have to be dominating the polls, but in order to dominate the polls you have to have media coverage. How can a woman succeed at both?

Beto Entitlement Bullshit

The Dames discuss a recent article in the Boston Globe titled “Woman’s Prayer”. The prayer is written from a woman’s perspective and describes each of the “notable” Democratic men running for office. It’s hilarious but sad.

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.

Confidently Strong and Comfortably Soft

Should people be pushing societal boundaries or are traditional roles okay? Tracy and Kelly disagree…unsurprisingly. This week’s episode is brought to you by googling “sexism” and clicking the “News” tab. That leads to a hilarious conversation about “man size Kleenex” and “The Gentleman’s Sandwich“.

In politics (and Crazy Shit People Say), Kelly takes issue with North Dakota’s GOP Senate candidate Kevin Cramer’s characterization of #MeToo is a “movement toward victimization,” and Tracy does not disagree…mostly. On a positive note, Natalie Portman’s comments about toppling the patriarchy get the Dames all fired up.

Men are Scared? Welcome to Our World.

Tracy on the road and, sadly, doesn’t get to drink wine with Kelly and Richard. Apparently, coconut milk coffee isn’t the same.

The national conversation about Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation has changed from why it’s important to believe women who experience sexual assault to why it’s important to protect men from false accusers. Seriously, what the fuck?

Tracy points out that just 28% of rape and sexual assault are committed by strangers, so maybe women should stop being so afraid of walking to their cars at night and start being willing to spray mace in the faces of the men they know.

If men are afraid to say sexual things to women, to touch women, or to behave in any way that may result in them being accused of bad behavior…that’s a GOOD THING!