Iceland Aims to End the Gender Gap
The Dames start this episode off with examining Iceland’s new law to put an end to the gender gap 2022 by paying men and women in the same job position equal amounts. Tracy is unsure, thinking this new law may backfire on women already in higher paid positions. Kelly ponders if qualification should be the only basis on hiring for a job. Is this law a solution to a worldwide sexist problem?
The Button: Banned Vibrator!
A Robotic Vibrator that was banned at the Consumer Electronic Show is the hot topic of the Button. Kelly is having a hard time keeping her shit together while Tracy tells her about the vibrator, a sex robot, and some virtual reality porn. Once Kelly is able to get it together, the Dames bounce around the idea that women’s sexual independence may be frightening for men.
A First for Female Marines
For the first time in history, a platoon of female Marines will be training alongside their counterparts at a joint bootcamp. Our dames explore whether this lucky mistake could, indeed, be beneficial to both sides and the sexism that has been known to occur in the military.
Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly
Finally, if you know the Dames you knew that the R. Kelly documentary would eventually come up in an episode. While the episode is not for the faint of heart, Kelly gives a brief rundown of it and the Dames question if anything will come from it or if the music industry will keep him untouchable.
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.
It’s all so fucking heavy, so let’s start “drinking with the wine”! Maybe not the best wine this time…but one of the best episodes EVER.
The Dames get right into it and agree that Brett Kavanaugh was a complete douchebag when he got drunk as a teenager, and spend some time considering how rape culture starts really early in people’s lives. Tracy points out that no one asks why men rape, just why women did whatever they did., and wonders whether good men realize how many of their female friends have been assaulted.
Then she reacts…atypically…to Trump’s tweet. And Kelly loves her for it.
Hang on for a wild ride, Damers!
Tracy and Kelly learn some new vocabulary: Benevolent Sexism (BS, for real) is “an affectionate but patronizing attitude that treats women as needing men’s help, protection, and provision (i.e., as being more like children than adults).”
New research says heterosexual women prefer benevolently sexist men. Does BS cause men to challenge WNBA players to one-on-one contests, or lead voters to reject women who run for governor? Tune in to find out!