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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.

Apologies and Agreements

Feminism Ideologies

The Dames discuss the evolution of feminism. They talk about how feminism should not be considered progressivism in this day and age. Both Dames agree that women in high corporate positions need to be celebrated despite their ideology. One Dame admits that maybe she needs to rethink arguments that she chooses on behalf of feminism and why she does it.

The Button! Moore Ridiculous Sexism

This week’s The Button! segment is about Steven Moore saying that women do not have a place in sports. He states that women should not be referees, or even sell concessions! The Dames ponder if this comment he made is satirical in nature or if it is really a view that he holds.

Gender Sacrifices and Expectations

The Dames present an article that speaks about millennials going into marriages without having expectations of gender roles. They explore both sides – having gender roles versus not. Marriages always have push and pull but where does the benefit of sharing things in the household lie and where do the pressures come from?

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.

Good Morning Washington Crashes Dame It All!

Good Morning Washington Joins The Dames

This week, The Dames are joined by Autria Godfrey and Eileen Whelan from Good Morning Washington! Eileen has been a Meteorologist at Good Morning Washington for seven and a half years, while Autria has been a Reporter and Anchor for eight. The Dames and their guests discuss overall appearance on television and how male executives often determine what they should wear and how their hair and makeup should be styled. It leads to a conversation about men’s tendency to ask women if they are “old enough” for their job, strictly based on appearance.
The four women explore a recent development: two women anchors on the desk of Good Morning Washington and other major news shows. While there has been uncertainty in the news industry about whether two women can hold their own, the guests and hosts agree: the biggest critics of women news anchors are often actually older women.

The Trail: Sexism Mixed with Ageism

A recent article by the New York Times identifies a difference between the coverage of men and women on the campaign trail are getting. Often, a woman is described as being either too young or too old to run for office, with no “perfect age”. The Dames think the cards are stacked against women who enter the politicals, especially at the presidential level.