Good Morning Washington Joins The Dames
This week, The Dames are joined by Autria Godfrey and Eileen Whelan from Good Morning Washington! Eileen has been a Meteorologist at Good Morning Washington for seven and a half years, while Autria has been a Reporter and Anchor for eight. The Dames and their guests discuss overall appearance on television and how male executives often determine what they should wear and how their hair and makeup should be styled. It leads to a conversation about men’s tendency to ask women if they are “old enough” for their job, strictly based on appearance.
The four women explore a recent development: two women anchors on the desk of Good Morning Washington and other major news shows. While there has been uncertainty in the news industry about whether two women can hold their own, the guests and hosts agree: the biggest critics of women news anchors are often actually older women.
The Trail: Sexism Mixed with Ageism
A recent article by the New York Times identifies a difference between the coverage of men and women on the campaign trail are getting. Often, a woman is described as being either too young or too old to run for office, with no “perfect age”. The Dames think the cards are stacked against women who enter the politicals, especially at the presidential level.
Double Standards Strong with Cardi B
Cardi B, who has openly admitted to being a stripper and a prostitute in the past, has recently confessed to drugging and robbing men. The Dames discuss this as a double standard – if a man were to confess to this he would be surrounded by controversy, however, Cardi B has not been. The Dames argue that men typically drug and rape women, versus drug and rob.
The Button: “Uncle” Joe Biden’s [In]Appropriate Acts
The Button this week is all about “Uncle” Joe Biden and his tendency to rub women’s shoulders and touch their hair. The Dames discuss benevolent sexism – the idea of men patronizing women and creating highly uncomfortable situations. One of the Dames gets quite worked up on the idea of a man opening a door for a woman; is it a chivalrous act or demeaning?
Increased Sexism within the Marijuana Industry
Without advertising standards within the marijuana industry, many have turned to the old saying: “Sex Sells”. In states where pot is now recreationally legal know this and are using it to sell pot, but many do not know how to appropriately advertise towards women. With that comes a conversation between the Dames about men primarily being the “drug dealers” and the up-and-coming women within the industry.
NASA’s Lack Of Smaller Suits Leads To All-Women’s Space Walk Cancellation
It is episode 69! The Dames talk about how an all-woman spacewalk was canceled and their spots were given to men because there were not enough space suits to fit the women. One of the Dames is left completely speechless that this was even allowed to happen at NASA.
Sports Bras & Sexism On The Field
Sports bras are causing issues at Rowan University. The Dames get heated and can’t believe the Rowan University head football coach objectified two women while they were running around the track in sports bras while the football team was practicing. The Dames agree that the outrage from the coach consisted of sexist comments and debate gender equality.
The Button: Sexism and the Right of “No”
The Button segment this week is about a government official, Baudet from the Netherlands. He said that women “do not want you to respect their ‘no’, to respect their resistance. The reality is that women want to be overwhelmed, dominated, yes; want to be overpowered.” The Dames have a strong opinion on Baudet’s sexist comments and the stance that he takes.
Beto Breaks a Record
The Dames kick this episode off with Beto and the record amount of money the middle-aged, white guy was able to raise in the first 24-hour period after he announced his run for the presidency. Kelly and Tracy know that anyone believes they can run for the presidency in this day in age, but how sexist is it that men raise the most money and get the best media attention? It seems women must prove themselves qualified to be president and men don’t.
The Button: Boys Club at the Grand Canyon
This week’s Button centers on an openly gay female superintendent who was appointed head of the park rangers at the Grand Canyon. You guessed it…the men she oversaw wanted her out and ultimately filed a complaint. Even though an investigation eventually cleared her, she ultimately resigned. You might be surprised by how Tracy and Kelly react.
#MeToo on Wall Street
On Wall Street, #MeToo is often overshadowed by he-said, she-said situations. The Dames explore the workplace consequences of consensual and forced sexual relations. How do previous relationships fit into that grey area and what happens when those relationships end?
George Conway’s Tweets
Finally, the Dames offer their two cents on the Kellyanne Conway – George Conway – Donald Trump love/hate triangle. Kelly and Tracy agree that George should advocate for his Kellyanne’s success and not threaten to tear it down because he has issues with President Trump, and they offer an interesting theory about what might really be the purpose behind his tweets.
Pay Gap with Female Soccer Players
It should come as no surprise that in this episode, the topic of female soccer athletes making far less than their male counterparts is front and center. The Dames argue that if there was a push among large corporations to back female sports then there would be an increase in revenue resulting in bigger paydays for the female athletes. The Dames pose the tough question, is it sexist to watch men in a sport over watching women play the same exact sport?
The Button: The World Without Sexism
The Button this week revolves around the question, “what would a world without sexism look like?” The Dames find themselves arriving at the conclusion that a world without sexism would allow females to find their voice and space. It would grant them the opportunity to try and fail without judgment.
Gillibrand and a Grey Area
The Dames recognize that there is a grey area between a dick move and sexual harassment. The recent accusation against Senator Gillibrand not handling a sexual harassment complaint properly has the Dames exploring this grey area.