#SexStrike By Alyssa Milano
Episode #75 begins with Alyssa Milano calling for a sex strike due to the new abortion laws that are being implemented in some states. The Dames ponder whether Milano’s call could hurt, rather than benefit, the feminist cause. It also leads to a discussion between The Dames about the double standard that comes with women’s traditional responsibility for preventing pregnancy, and the choices that both sexes make.
The Button! Women Encountering Adversity
This week’s The Button! segment discusses the recently released American Psychological Association’s (APA) new guidelines “to help therapists who treat girls and women”. The Dames share the new guidelines, which sparks a conversation about traditional masculinity in men and expectations of childbirth and marriage that many women are left to work out for themselves.
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.
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!