Episode 41 – We’ve got the Pink Tax Blues

I know what you’re thinking, this is about tampons and pads.

Nope.

This is about a myriad of products and services; from laxatives to interest rates, women pay more.

Cass throws down some hard facts and data about just how much more we pay for the same goods and services than men do in conjunction with the fact that women are typically paid LESS for the same jobs. This is a systematic spider web of inequality and we suspect it’s woven by the predominantly male ‘decision makers” in our economy.

Why? Is it the assumption that men won’t pay higher prices for certain goods? Is it male privilege? Are women considered to be more vain (because we are broadly taught that our looks are our greatest asset) and will pay more for say, shampoo, deodorant, hair dye, clothes? Are we a greater liability to insurers and loan peddlers because we have uteruses and compromised paychecks? Why do insurance companies cover Viagra but have the choice to deny birth control? W.T.F?!!!

Kim did some post podcast research into gender neutral personal care products and discovered that they are even MORE expensive. What the actual f-word? Marketers spend an enormous amount of money and time studying what sells and to whom and why. It is their job to promote products for the highest profit. It’s what they do. They are concerned with trends, demographics and product loyalty. They count on us to incorporate what we buy into our sense of identity. We live in an age where we are defined as consumers before anything else, and what we consume becomes the vision of ourselves in society.

The good news is, we have a voice and it sound like the beep of a store scanner. We can teach our girls to bust out of the pastel pink box of inequality women have come to believe define them and speak with our dollars. Just For Men beard dye – it works for eyebrows too. Men’s deodorant works better, so why not use it? Razors are razors. Baby girls don’t care what color their toys are, buy them the blue one it will be less expensive. Let them pick their clothes, steer clear of gender defining ANYTHING. Resist consumer manipulation. Pay attention instead of paying more.

Challenge the system, be a honey badger instead of an ostrich. Know who you are and not who they want you to be.

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Episode 40 – Battle of the Scandals

Many comparisons have been made between the Watergate scandal and the shenanigans of the Trump administration and his family. We can’t even think of a pithy catchphrase for the evil clown circus of greed and corruption that currently defines the Executive branch of American government.  Trump gate? The Fake President Scandle? The Witchhunt Regatta? The Corruption Puppets of Putin? Such a great opportunity for wordsmithing but when it comes down to it, Trump’s social, financial and ethical “faux pas” are so numerous they infect every aspect of his presidency and family. There seems to be no possible way to condense his heinous-ness into some cheeky catchphrase – except maybe Shitshow 45, and that just wouldn’t be embraced by the meadia.

Nanny joins us to discuss the similarities and differences between Watergate and Shitshow 45 (I’m just gonna roll with it). She was a young mother in the early 70’s and her her perspective is quite fascinating. Remember folks, there was no internet back then, all news came from newspapers and the nightly news which aside from the tabloid rags were very much credible. No social media, no real-time tweets or commentary. Just   real journalists with real ethics.

One thing Nanny said that gave me hope was that she remembered the country recovering quickly from the watergate scandal. The U.S. was in a a tumultuous period in her young history. The social landscape was rapidly changing from the bland grasslands of conformity of the 1950’s to the dynamic peaks and valleys of social justice of the late mid century. The complacency of the grasslands were being challenged by the lofty ideals of equality, fairness, and accountability.  We may be beginning the cycle again as SS 45 unsheathes the tender underbelly of the greedy beast we call government. Hopefully we can recover as quickly as we did in the 70’s but in the age of “information” that remains to be seen, only time will tell.

Nixon looks like a bumbling, paranoid yokel compared to SS 45. They both shared the drive and ethical wasteland of pompous self concept but Nixon lacked the sense of entitlement that keeps SS 45 firmly lodged in his swamp of delusion. Like narcissus, he stares at his reflection in the mire believing the mountaintop is his own without ever treading beyond the illusion.

Also, he’s an idiot. At least Nixon TRIED to hide his crime. SS 45 tweets them, for all to see – at least those who have their eyes open.

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Episode 39 – Collectionizing

*Stamps * Postcards * Handbags * Smurfs * Books * Rocks * Jewelry * Depression Glass * Antiques * Bottle caps * Bras * Coins * Shot Glasses * Cats * Tea Cups * Barbies * Photos * Records * Socks * Manhole covers * Carpet samples * Dust *

Collections are as varied and unique as the collector. The big question is WHY?

This week we are joined by our friends Katy and Mary to talk about collections and collecting. As it happens with friends, we go down rabbit holes, mole holes, pyramid passageways and department store isles. This one goes off the rails a bit!

We set out to discuss the urge to collect and the history of collecting but after we finished, some new ideas surfaced; the urge to collect information, experiences and stories. And, of course, more questions: How do collections shape one’s identity? Is collecting a form of “play”?

Join us on this rambling tour of collections!

Good ol’ wikipedia has this to say about collecting:

“The hobby of collecting includes seeking, locating, acquiring, organizing, cataloging, displaying, storing, and maintaining items that are of interest to an individual collector. Collections differ in a wide variety of respects, most obviously in the nature and scope of the objects contained, but also in purpose, presentation, and so forth. The range of possible subjects for a collection is practically unlimited, and collectors have realised a vast number of these possibilities in practice, although some are much more popular than others.”

Also, Check out Atlas Obscura for some unique collections: https://www.atlasobscura.com/categories/unique-collections

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Episode 38 – Not Slightly Unexciting

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Politics + wine + Curios = Episode 38

We had to recover from the previous episode’s deep introspection so we let off some steam in a political bitch fest. We are still in disbelief over the current political climate in the U.S. I mean, seriously – what the actual hell is going on?

Wine, a bull horn, a fart piano and Ziggy help us work out the angst.

Music by Quinn!

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Episode 37 – Threat Level: Midnight

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The Curios continue their journey of self discovery, this time mucking around in self identity. Yikes. Talk about rabbit holes…

This week we attempted to discover who we are. The sum of our deeds? Other’s perceptions? How we process our circumstances? This was a tough one, much more difficult that we thought it would be.

We did some research on identity, created self portraits and filled out a list of questions. There were some surprising discoveries, a touch of mutual admiration and some heart-wrenching moments too.

Find our questions on our social media sites or better yet – listen and play along!

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Episode 36 – Jungian Archetypes

 

In this episode we discuss Carl Jung; his contributions to the field of psychology and his theory of the archetypes and the collective unconscious.

As we delve into Jung’s theories, we also explore his archetypes in the media, the ones we identify with and how our quickly changing society may or may not be affected by the collective unconscious. New research suggests that we may inherit psychological and psychic attributes from our ancestors. How does this affect our understanding of ourselves and society? Have our stories been written for us or do we have the ability to transcend the roles we have inherited or adopted from the collective unconscious?

We may have discovered more questions than answers but one thing’s for certain; Michael Scott from The Office is an archetype unto himself – all of them.

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Episode 35 – Let Them Eat Loans

This week the Curios talk about Wilbur Ross and the recent indictment of Roger Stone. Also, Cass peals off a riff that just might become the real, bona fide, Curio theme song.

Stay tuned!

Wilbur suggested that the government workers who had been unpaid for weeks, just go get a loan – and interest bearing loan, that is. We discuss his naked ignorance regarding the reality of the average American worker. Why he believes these unpaid federal employees should pay interest on a loan to compensate for unpaid wages do to the government’s negligence is beyond our comprehension. On the heels of that discussion, we dig into Roger Stone, a staunch supporter of the Republican party from way back. A self proclaimed “dirty trickster” Stone has built his career on the Machiavellian model. He loves the spotlight, admits to nothing, seeks to divide and revels in the rankest muck and mire politics has to offer. He’s also a maniacal Nixon fan, in fact, he has a tattoo of Tricky Dick’s face on his back and a portrait of him above his bed. He is a modern caricature of Mr. Potter, complete with three-piece, pin-stripped suits and top hats, but with an extra dose of evil.  Trump caught his eye in the 1980’s and Stone made it his mission to put him in the white house. His dream came true in 2016 with a little help from the Russians and since he has coached #45 in the ways of dirty politics. Trump has embraced Stone’s unscrupulous ways, even firing him for hogging the spotlight but they still share mutual admiration and Stone is still in witchy-poo’s ear, like a trained monkey flinging sociopathic advice into the rank, empty expanse that is Trump’s mind. While Trump was screaming “Witch Hunt!” on Twitter, his top hat wearing lackey was being arrested and charged with one count of obstruction, five counts of false statements, and one count of witness tampering. Stone is pleading not guilty, as always. Let’s hope the FBI  has the goods to put Stone in his place – a cage.

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