The Dames kick this episode off with a punch. They discuss a lawmaker who punched his wife in the face when she took too long to undress for sex. The Dames agree that hitting a woman is not right but what if a man to strike a woman after she strikes first?The Button! But Who’s Going to Cook Dinner?
Coming from somewhere outside the US, a woman did not let a man tell her what to do! The Dames recall an article about a woman whose fiancé used economics as a cover for his sexism. He gave her an ultimatum to either stay at home and let him work, or take a job. The Dames applaud her for taking the job and encourage women to never let a man hold them back.
Feminism + Millennials = ?
Is feminism pushing millennial women into college and careers? Is it also harming the institution of marriage? The Dames share an article that argues that feminism is having a harmful influence on millennials. The Dames get heated and argue whether millennial women are working, or choosing to stay home because they have to, or because they can.
It’s Getting Cold in Here
Are men more productive in cooler temperatures than women? According to a study they are. The Dames speculate if the temperatures in offices are changed to fit the preferences of men who typically wear slacks and long sleeve shirts to work. Is the setting of the temperature sexist in nature?
Study Shows Women in Power Equals Fewer Deaths
Do more women in government positions mean better public health? The Dames examine a recent study released that found that when more women are in power there are fewer deaths overall. The Dames ponder if this is due to women putting their focus on different priorities than their counterparts and if the results of their efforts are fewer deaths.
Klobuchar and the Flying Binder
Amy Klobuchar has the Dames conflicted, especially Kelly. Klobuchar is a Democratic Senator from Minnesota who recently announced her candidacy for the presidency. She has a reputation of being a “tough” boss and there are reports of her throwing office supplies at an employee. With a caring public persona and employees that have both loved her and disliked her, should her temperament overshadow her achievements? Is she a crazy lunatic or a caring individual? The Dames are torn and ask if she was a man, would this discussion even be taking place?
The Button: Girls’ Behavior at School
The Button takes place in the “school of real life” this week. Tracy’s recounts an experience her daughter recently had at school where she was disciplined for defending herself. The Dames agree that girls need to be given space to stand up and protect themselves, without facing repercussions for their actions.
Tracy & Kelly are on a serious note with this episode.
A Victim Fights Back
The Dames dive into a highly publicized sexual assault case they believe was not handled properly by the courts. A D.C.-area woman was assaulted while on a run but the man who committed the crime got off with a misdemeanor charge, 10 days in jail (at his convenience), and probation. When the woman found out her attacker was not complying with his sentence, she took things into her own hands and publicized his behavior. The Dames examine how the criminal justice system failed her and the injustice surrounding the entire case.
Perceived Pain Between Girls & Boys
Gender bias beginning at an early age is the topic of The Button. A study conducted to determine how people perceive pain experienced by boys versus girls concluded that stereotypes begin at an early age. The Dames discuss (but don’t entirely agree on) what that means for gender bias.
Nevada Makes History
Way to go Nevada, the first state in US History to have women holding the majority in the state legislature! The Dames tip their hats to the Silver State, review the number of women serving in office, and what it could mean for the future of women in this country.
Tracy on the road and, sadly, doesn’t get to drink wine with Kelly and Richard. Apparently, coconut milk coffee isn’t the same.
The national conversation about Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation has changed from why it’s important to believe women who experience sexual assault to why it’s important to protect men from false accusers. Seriously, what the fuck?
Tracy points out that just 28% of rape and sexual assault are committed by strangers, so maybe women should stop being so afraid of walking to their cars at night and start being willing to spray mace in the faces of the men they know.
If men are afraid to say sexual things to women, to touch women, or to behave in any way that may result in them being accused of bad behavior…that’s a GOOD THING!