Because of sweeps, it's a little bit of a lull in reality TV land the past few weeks, since a bunch of shows are either about to end (American Idol, Survivor, Dancing with the Stars, ANTM, Amazing Race, Celebrity Apprentice, Hell's Kitchen) or just about to begin (Bachelorette, So You Think You Can Dance, Real Housewives of New Jersey, Jon and Kate Plus 8). So click the read button for a partial list of some other summer reality TV shows that look promising, from a feministy angle.
I have yet another reality TV confession for you -- out of all the Real Housewives of New York City, I think I like Alex McCord the best. The vaguely superior-acting social climbery one with the crazy clingy husband (in the red pants in that picture)? With the nude photos? [NSFW] Yeah, her! I know, I can't believe it myself! But you know, I think I like her brand of Real Housewives feminism the best.
Argentinian Banco Provincia is attempting to blow minds, y'all. In what might be the first mainstream commercial to normalize transpeople, this minute-long television spot shows the Argentinian bank not just acknowledging transpeople's non-stereotypical existence, but making the statement that discrimination against transpeople is unjust and comes from a place of fear and ignorance.
Okay, as your feminist reality TV blogger, I was so excited by this exchange on Bravo's new Project Runway ripoff The Fashion Show that I had to stop watching in the middle so I could run down and put up this post!
I'm a little ashamed to admit that I completely mindlessly accepted that, on Bravo's Make Me A Supermodel, the modeling industry would require size 2 female model Salome to lose some weight in the hips, but got all outraged when they told male model and former ballet dancer Sandhurst that his thighs were too big for him to model jeans. And that it seemed plausible to me that female model Fo on America's Next Top Model was probably too short at 5'8" to make it in the industry, but that it was completely ludicrous that Make Me A Supermodel's Colin is too tall at 6'3". I feel bad now about my double standards!
Click read for the rest of the post. Picture of Sandhurst struggling to get denim over his self-described "thunder thighs." I'm not seeing it.
And continuing the trend of writing posts about reality shows I don't watch, a big HA HA (in an unserious way, of course!) to professional frenemy Heidi Montag and her new husband, the unpleasant Spencer Pratt, from The Hills. Heidi and Spencer called Ryan Seacrest in a panic today because guess where they went immediately after their wedding? That's right, MEXICO.
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Why is it always a race war on America's Next Top Model?? Natalie, the contestant who got booted this week (upside down at right), has a spiteful interview up on the E! website, where she says she must have lost because Tyra is giving preferential treatment to the two remaining African-American contestants, Aminat and Teyona.
"Tyra definitely has a soft spot for Aminat and Teyona. I think she just loves [their] personalities. I feel like they're most relatable to Tyra, since Tyra was a black model struggling. I think she has a hidden emotional connection with the black girls, and I think that's where a lot of favoritism comes from. I'm not accusing her of it, but that's just my opinion.
more ranting and raving if you hit the read link below.