We Need Men’s Help to End Toxic Masculinity
Today’s episode beings with one of our Dames favorite topics, toxic masculinity. The Dames mull over having good men on the side of women feminists. Surprisingly, they both agree that it can be beneficial to females and possibly help men break down toxic masculinity at the same time.
Life as a Modern Mom
The Dames chat with guests Bethany Johnson and Margaret M. Quinlan about their book, You’re Doing It Wrong!: Mothering, Media and Medical Expertise. Their book is rooted in the journey of motherhood from conception to early toddler and how many outside influences are at work on women and mothers in today’s world. The Dames and the authors touch on a variety of ideas from the book like how women of today are similar to those from the Victorian Era. They also discuss the amount of access women have in today’s world but their inability to utilize it all due to varying constraints.
The Button: Woman Cyclist Stopped in Race
The Button this week stars a cycling race in Belgium and the assumption it took on its women athletes. The Dames get a chuckle at the fact a women cycler caught up to her men counterparts that started their race 10 minutes ahead of her. However, the Dames find great fault in the actions taken during the race by her doing so.
Women Supporting Women: Investor Style
Finally, The Dames rave about a flux that is slowly taking place. In a world where a small amount of investor money goes to women entrepreneurs, there is a group of women investors that are looking to make a change. They are investing their money into other women and their ideas. The Dames applaud this as it shows women being proactive in supporting each other to be successful.
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.
Our Dames are at it again, tasting (and chugging) some wine. Kelly could care less for Tracy’s foo-foo bottle of Cabernet and instead goes for a cheap Pinot Noir.
Tracy shares a story about dresses (in Brazil) that record groping, to expose the harassment women often face in nightclubs, which sparks a conversation about the “touch-and-grab” so many men try. The Dames hope they’ll try this project in Washington to see how different the results would be.
Next topic: Has “feminism” become a dirty word? Believe it or not, men who claim they suffer from sexism appear to have different views on this topic than Kelly and Tracy. Naturally, Kelly’s reaction to the conversation is more Pinot in her glass.
Wonderbra is in The Button! this week. Celebrating its 25th anniversary of giving women built-in boobs. Kelly tells Tracy about a game her husband and her play to guess whether people they see in public are Republicans or Democrats?
Tracy recalls the overachieving Melania Edwards as she relates a beautifully sarcastic response article that paints a much more realistic picture of the lives of working moms.
Kelly is freezing this week in North Dakota while Tracy enjoys a beer (not wine? Gasp!). The Dames get along and agree when discussing Michelle Obama’s new memoir, Becoming, and they ask, “Did Michelle Obama’s fashion style pave the way for future first ladies?”
Tracy reveals that she once wore her daughter to a business conference when the Dames discuss a meteorologist who her weather report while babywearing. Babywearing for the working mama win!
In the segment now known as The Button! a Tokyo Medical University was found to be changing men and women applicants’ scores to make the admission of men higher, because women leave their jobs temporarily to birth children. How bad is the stigma surrounding woman having babies in the professional world?
Finally, Tracy and Kelly talk about what they plan to do if their husbands die before they do. As women, aging may be hard, but the Dames have a bulletproof plan to make the best of it.
This week the Dames jump right in and discuss a new survey about sex that shows Democrats and Republicans don’t just disagree about politics, they have very different sexual fantasies. The results are not what they expected. Spoiler: Both Dems AND Repubs fantasize about sex with Bill Clinton. Waah?
Tracy treats Kelly nicely by bringing in the white wine…which isn’t all that good…as they commiserate over a Chicago Cubs shirt Tracy bought her daughter that apparently offender classmates. Neither of the Dames understands that at all, especially the teacher’s fail.
In this week’s Google Sexism Button, a Forbes article on How To Use Sexism To Your Advantage. The conclusion: Lean The F*@k In! Apparently, that doesn’t work for women candidates, who report that they get told they don’t have the right “body parts” to be elected. Still, the Dames agree that women running for office feels different now than it did in the past.