744: Bama Rush, Genius Math, & Repackaging Womanhood


Show Notes

Sarah watched the Bama Rush documentary so we don’t have to. The film explores the process of joining an Alabama sorority, the overlord organizations that control the bylaws, and the women who want to join. She explains how there are power dynamics, systemic issues, and all the usual issues plaguing women (e.g. self-esteem, consumerism, body image, etc). We even learn some weird jargon including “rush bag” and “PNMs” (Potential New Members). Sarah shares what technique her mom used to teach her about alcohol tolerance and responsible drinking, but Susie thinks her approach only worked because Sarah is mature and a rule-follower. We bemoan the way we have not gotten any perks from reality tv, but our family members have somehow. We learn about “girl trends” like girl dinner and girl math, and we debate whether it’s making space for females without kids, husbands, and partners, or whether it reinforces stereotypes (or both!). We celebrate the Nebraska women’s volleyball and the ad campaign that shows why female athletes are just as exciting to watch as men. We trash that loser coach who kissed a female player without her consent. And out of nowhere Sarah explains why she is all for ass-slapping from her teammates.

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