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.
Anthony Weiner is Out of Prison
Anthony Weiner has been released from prison after just 15 months in. The Dames are all over this. Weiner was originally locked up for sexting various women, including a 15-year-old girl. The Dames question the severity of the punishment in comparison to the crime and they explore the balance between encouraging young girls to have a positive relationship with their body without influencing their mind.
The Oscars Broke Records
The Oscars broke records this year. A record number of women (15 total) won awards including the first African American woman to win in Costume Design. The Dames give praise to the overly positive speeches on behalf of the winners and agree that the Oscars had a different feel to them this year.
The Button: The Dames Discuss “Bitchy Bosses”
The Button in this week’s episode revolves around the idea that women bosses are more bitchy. There is an expectation in the workplace that a woman should be a “doer” but with more empathy than their male counterparts. As a boss, if you aren’t friendly you come off as a bitch. The Dames start out at odds over this, but by the end of the discussion they agree that there is a difference in the way leadership is judged that is based on gender.
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.
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Can You Tell Someone They Have Resting Bitch Face?
Resting bitch face has The Dames up in arms. Apparently, some women are having “grin lifts” done to fix their resting bitch face. The Dames agree that this is an extension of the sexist expectation on women to look and act a certain way. It drives Kelly bananas and Tracy, while she claims to have an epic resting bitch face, thinks that people just need to stop telling women how their faces look.
Diversity Issues at Prestigious Paul, Weiss Law Firm
Intentionality is something that is lacking from elite law firms and new partner class. The Dames discuss how there is a lack of women partners in law firms and, when they do exist, they are given the generally “womanly” roles. Why can’t men plan cocktail parties?
NYC Restaurant Nello Cutting Back on Call Girls?
The Button this week revolves around a restaurant in New York that won’t allow women to sit alone at the bar in an effort to cut down on call girls in their establishment. Not surprisingly, The Dames do not agree with this sexist rule. Why is it automatically assumed that an attractive female sitting alone at a bar is an escort?
Kevin O’Brien Fired Amidst Sexual Harassment Allegations
The Dames examine the hiring process in politics after Bill DeBlasio aide Kevin O’Brien was fired from his position after it was revewaled he had sexually harassed women at previous jobs. The Dames admit that calls for references are lacking in the industry and many acquire jobs by word of mouth from friends. Kelly brings up intentionality and the lack of using it to break cycles.
It may come as no shocker but it is still cold as f@#! outside. On your favorite podcast that tackles sexism big and small, the Dames cover the 2020 Presidential Race, a new study with surprising findings regarding mothers and sisters and the infamous Gillette ad.
Women in the 2020 Race
The Dames start this episode on a high note. More women are entering the presidential race on the Democratic side, and that is grounds for some excitement and possible change. With more women entering the race, Kelly and Tracy argue that this could lead the presidential race to become a human choice versus a gender choice.
Female Family Members Leads to Conservatism?
This week’s Button is a puzzle for the Dames. New research shows having daughters makes men and women more Republican and having sisters makes men more conservative, sparking one crazy conversation. Interestingly, it goes from the idea that men’s ideologies are driven by the females in their lives, to the notion of “women and children first!” into lifeboats on a sinking ship, to aggression in young boys, and then it all circles back to a desire to protect. Whew!
Gillette Ad Sparks Internet Debate
Have you seen the newest Gillette Ad? The ad features various shots of men calling each other out to be better in terms of their sexist behavior. The ad ends with the text “It’s only by challenging ourselves to do more that we can get closer to our best.” Kelly and Tracy discuss the ad and the moral outrage that has surrounded it, leading Tracy to tell everyone to just “take a breath.”