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Women’s Advancement

Punches, Productivity and Millennial Thinking

Throwing Drunk Punches
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?

Robots, Sex Swings, and Uncomfortable Men

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.

Sex Strikes and New Guidelines

#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.

I Could Keep Up With You

One of our Dames starts this episode off with a personal story about being hit on in front of her husband – how she handled it, and how it made her feel.

Beating Trump – Woman or Man?

The Dames tackle a tough question, who can beat Donald Trump in the upcoming campaign trail of 2020? They discuss a few articles that pose the question of whether it is better to back someone who can beat Trump or who someone who would be the best president. The Dames also consider whether women voters will get behind a woman candidate after the failed presidential run of Hilary Clinton, and who will ultimately excite voters.

The Button! The Future of Young Girls’ Futures

Hold on tight, The Button! this week gets The Dames fired up. The women get heated when discussing if it is realistic in this day in age to tell girls that they can be anything they want to be. One of The Dames believes this is setting girls up for failure, while the other thinks that girls need to be encouraged to do what they want. However, they both come together and agree that girls need to be taught about how they can change the current sexism scene.

It’s The Sexism, Stupid

Touching: Appropriate or Not?

Joe Biden’s habit of touching of hair and shoulders has the Dames talking (again) about physical contact. They explore what is appropriate and what isn’t, and discuss the option of speaking up when one does or does not like to be touched (even handshakes and hugs!). It is well known that physical touch is a human need, so The Dames pose the question: What does it mean for social interactions in the future that women often don’t want to be touched?

The Button: It’s The Sexism, Stupid

This week’s sexist talk is all about media coverage of women presidential candidates. Sadly, this topic is not going away anytime soon. However, the Dames point out that it is a circular problem: In order to get media coverage you have to be dominating the polls, but in order to dominate the polls you have to have media coverage. How can a woman succeed at both?

Beto Entitlement Bullshit

The Dames discuss a recent article in the Boston Globe titled “Woman’s Prayer”. The prayer is written from a woman’s perspective and describes each of the “notable” Democratic men running for office. It’s hilarious but sad.