Robots = Sexist
Siri and Alexa are popular robots but are the people building them sexist? The Dames conduct an experiment to see if Siri will answer them in a submissive voice that some argue is a trait that women have. This leads to the question is a gender bias built into the artificial intelligence of these robots?
The Button! Sexist Awards in Spain
This segment focuses on the participants of a squash competition in Spain. The female participants were awarded vibrators, and waxing and callus removal kits. The Dames speculate about what the equivalent prizes for men would have been, maybe a sex swing or shave kit? The squash competition participants argued for the change in the discrimination of women in the sport!
Male Ally: Random Twitter Guy
This man sent out many tweets highlighting gender politics and identity; pointing out that women have more patience than men and created hypotheticals about men enduring the sexism that women have for the past 240 years.
Men Feeling Uncomfortable
The Dames touch on a survey conducted among men managers. In this survey, 60% of the men managers said that they were uncomfortable working around women after prominent men have lost their jobs due to the “Me Too” movement, a 14% increase from the previous year. The Dames agree that men that aren’t getting fired for making off-color jokes, but rather for their actions.
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.
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.
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.
We join the Dames today on your favorite podcast covering sexism as they enjoy wine in a can. Hold on to your britches because Kelly and Tracy get feisty with each other in this episode, and agree there are just some things they will disagree about until they’re dead.
Congresswoman Tlaib Curses
The Dames begin by talking about the statement Congresswoman Tlaib from Michigan made on Swearing-in Day that caused an uproar. She said, “We are going to impeach the motherfu@#$!.” Kelly argues that it’s sexism – a double standard for women. A man (Trump) has used the same language and gotten away with it. If you can’t beat him, might as well join him, right? Tracy thinks that Talib has tarnished all the achievements that came with her election to office. Get yourself some popcorn; the discussion gets heated and entertaining.
Courage to Run Back at It
Frieda Edgette joins the Dames to discuss Courage to Run, a nonpartisan 5k run/walk based in D.C., and its path for 2019. Courage to Run is growing and plans to use the political “off” year to build up support for women to live healthy and lead effectively. You can listen to the first time we spoke with Frieda here.
Elizabeth Warren and Likeability
Finally, The Button has Kelly and Tracy talking about Elizabeth Warren’s Presidential Run once again; it’s only been a week since she stepped into the presidential election and the lady shit has already hit the f#$% fan. What is the issue surrounding women candidates? If the issue isn’t likeability than is it just sexism and misogyny? Or is there more to it than that?