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Is Call Her Daddy Really Empowering Women?

I'm all for supporting women, but when listening to Call Her Daddy, please take their advice with a grain of salt.

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As someone who truly values and appreciates all forms of entertainment and comedy, I love self-deprecating humor as much as the next person. However, the first time I listened to a snippet of Call Her Daddy I was instantly thrown by the blunt, provocative nature of the show.

If you’ve been living under a rock, Call Her Daddy is a podcast affiliated with the Barstool franchise hosted by Alexandra Cooper. You can follow her and the “daddy gang” along as they discuss relationships, sex, social scenes, and embarrassing moments. Popular with both men and women, the show is seen as revolutionary because it includes women into the conversation of casual sex and hook-up culture.

But I don’t think this show is the game changer people think it is.

Although Call Her Daddy claims to empower women, it ultimately upholds the rigid gender roles and power imbalances encouraged by our heteronormative society.

“I think the main issue with this so-called empowerment is that it’s discussions of sex and dating are grounded in a predominantly male perspective.” Maddy Gaucher, a recent graduate of UConn, stated.

The podcast’s claims of sexual liberation and female empowerment through sex are determined by its narrow definition of what sexual behavior is considered desirable. An ongoing theme throughout this podcast is the notion that women who aren’t turned on by being degraded during sex are inferior and are therefore not desirable. I mean, they literally sell merchandise with the words, “degrade me” slapped across the front.

If I had to describe this podcast in a few words for real, I would say the foundation of the show is based on women convincing other women to learn how to please men in the bedroom at the expense of their own wants and needs, hiding behind the fallacy of feminism.

In one episode, Cooper was even throwing shade on women for spitting and not swallowing during a blowjob. Just because you or I may swallow doesn’t mean it’s for everyone. There are 5.6 billion women on Earth. Some of them are bound