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A Delicate (But Strong) Ball of Pink Yarn

Women & The Grammys

Women dominated the Grammys and the Dames took notice! Today’s episode kicks off with their discussion of the show and all the power women there, from the host to the performances to the winners. It was all things women and the Dames know it’s time to get on the train.

Justin Fairfax & Sexual Misconduct

Yet another man has been accused of sexual misconduct. This time it’s Virginia Lt. Governor, Justin Fairfax, with multiple accusations against him. He’s calling for due process because he believes all of the “encounters” were consensual. The Dames pose the question: Why is the first response to accusations not “I’m sorry, I thought it was consensual?” Is there arrogance behind a man who chooses to run politically knowing the incidents that have taken place in his past?  

A Debate Over Pixar

Pixar launched a new short film, Pearl, about a woman (represented by a ball of pink yarn) who goes to work in a place where her colleagues are only white men. The short film is tackling the idea of toxic masculinity in the workplace. The Dames engage in an intense conversation as one of them (can you guess who?) has a very difficult time getting past the fact that a woman is represented by a ball of pink yarn.

The Button: Gender & Running for President

The Button in this episodes revolves around exploring the idea of sexism as a shield. The Dames explore how politics should be reported when there are more women than ever running for president. How does criticism work for topics that would normally be non-gendered? Will questions be asked of women candidates that wouldn’t of a man? The Dames decide this is not something that will be easily answered, but rather something that will be a continuous conversation for the next year and a half.

Criminal Justice Fail

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.

Can’t Read My *Resting Bitch Face*

This is an exciting week on the show as The Dames are stepping up their game and re-launching their brand. Make sure to check out all of our new stuff on social media!

Can You Tell Someone They Have Resting Bitch Face?

Resting bitch face has The Dames up in arms. Apparently, some women are having “grin lifts” done to fix their resting bitch face. The Dames agree that this is an extension of the sexist expectation on women to look and act a certain way. It drives Kelly bananas and Tracy, while she claims to have an epic resting bitch face, thinks that people just need to stop telling women how their faces look.

Diversity Issues at Prestigious Paul, Weiss Law Firm

Intentionality is something that is lacking from elite law firms and new partner class. The Dames discuss how there is a lack of women partners in law firms and, when they do exist, they are given the generally “womanly” roles. Why can’t men plan cocktail parties?

NYC Restaurant Nello Cutting Back on Call Girls?

The Button this week revolves around a restaurant in New York that won’t allow women to sit alone at the bar in an effort to cut down on call girls in their establishment. Not surprisingly, The Dames do not agree with this sexist rule. Why is it automatically assumed that an attractive female sitting alone at a bar is an escort?

Kevin O’Brien Fired Amidst Sexual Harassment Allegations

The Dames examine the hiring process in politics after Bill DeBlasio aide Kevin O’Brien was fired from his position after it was revewaled he had sexually harassed women at previous jobs. The Dames admit that calls for references are lacking in the industry and many acquire jobs by word of mouth from friends. Kelly brings up intentionality and the lack of using it to break cycles.

Down With The Pink Tax!

It may come as no shocker but it is still cold as f@#! outside. On your favorite podcast that tackles sexism big and small, the Dames cover the 2020 Presidential Race, a new study with surprising findings regarding mothers and sisters and the infamous Gillette ad.   

Women in the 2020 Race

The Dames start this episode on a high note. More women are entering the presidential race on the Democratic side, and that is grounds for some excitement and possible change. With more women entering the race, Kelly and Tracy argue that this could lead the presidential race to become a human choice versus a gender choice.  

Female Family Members Leads to Conservatism?

This week’s Button is a puzzle for the Dames. New research shows having daughters makes men and women more Republican and having sisters makes men more conservative, sparking one crazy conversation. Interestingly, it goes from the idea that men’s ideologies are driven by the females in their lives, to the notion of “women and children first!” into lifeboats on a sinking ship, to aggression in young boys, and then it all circles back to a desire to protect. Whew!

Gillette Ad Sparks Internet Debate

Have you seen the newest Gillette Ad? The ad features various shots of men calling each other out to be better in terms of their sexist behavior. The ad ends with the text “It’s only by challenging ourselves to do more that we can get closer to our best.” Kelly and Tracy discuss the ad and the moral outrage that has surrounded it, leading Tracy to tell everyone to just “take a breath.”

My Snow Is Bigger Than Your Snow

Kelly and Tracy have survived “Snurlough” in DC!

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.