Did you watch the preview of the Real Housewives of New Jersey yet? Five women, three of whom are related by blood, marriage, or both, and all of whom are implied to have possible mob connections (or at least mob pretentions). One of them, Dina, is married to the younger brother of her sister's husband, and works in the combined family's event planning business. Dina spends most of the RHONJ preview episode telling everyone how rich she is, how unpleasant she is to work for, and terrorizing her assistants and family, all of whom "affectionately" refer to her as a bitch. Dina's response: "If you think I'm a bitch, then bring it on." Intriguing, right? Click through if you want to hear about Dina's previous reality TV gig!
I know I should probably be writing about the latest older-lady-younger-man dating reality show the Cougar, but if you want to see an impressive 40-something woman on reality TV, I'd recommend you change the channel from Stacy the needy feline and watch Penny Jo Johnson instead.
Penny Jo, along with eight other people, is starring on the Discovery Channel's Out Of The Wild, where they drop nine people with no backwoods experience into the Alaskan wilderness and see if they can hike their way back to civilization. A sensible, tough 47-year-old "body piercer and landlord" from Kentucky, Penny Jo is also the only one on the adventure with any real hunting experience.
For those of you clicking through to the "read" button for the rest of the post, spoiler alert.
Everyone's already linked to this, but why not us too? Here's every quiet woman's perfect revenge fantasy, seemingly-meek Susan Boyle, mocked by the TV audience for her spinsterhood and middle-aged looks, showing up Simon Cowell and all the haters on Britain's Got Talent with a lovely version of "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Miz. I know what she's been dreaming a dream about!
As your feminist reality TV blogger, I've got the standard (short) list of complaints about The Amazing Race to run through: why hasn't an all female team ever won in the 14 seasons the show's been on, are the women being unfairly edited to look moreshrewishunderpressure than the men, etc etc., but I've got a new one for you: looks like we're going to have a discussion over the impact of the word "bitch" next week!! You can hear the wholestaffnow: "AGAIN?" [Note: I would have linked to Andi's awesome CNN snippet on the same topic with Rick Sanchez, but I can't find it on YouTube! Well worth watching.]
Why aren't the women doing better on the Sci Fi Network's new video-game competition reality series, WCG Ultimate Gamer? Gaming seems like something where women should be able to compete on fairly equal ground with men -- there's no real physical strength component to it; it's a fairly objective standard (numerical scores); and if a woman's interested in getting into it, there's no real historical barriers to entry. The show also seems to have gone out of its way to be gender-inclusive in the setup and in the editing -- so what's the deal? Is it sexism in the gaming industry, sexism in reality TV shows, or are women just not as comfortable in a purely competitive setting?
This week in reality TV girlfights...
Hello! I'm the new reality TV blogger for Bitch! Please be warned in advance, these posts won't be terribly deep. Also, there are some spoilers.
Just me, or has this week on reality TV just basically been women arguing with each other? A terrible affront to feminists everywhere, or the very reason why reality TV was invented in the first place???? We're ranking 'em (on a scale of 1 to 5 doorslams), here!
Wow, Burger King did it. I was sure Carl's Junior had this in the bag, but no. Burger King has actually succeeded in airing the most sexist fast food commercial of all time. I'm talking, of course, about the ad for BK Burger Shots.
Where do I even begin? Let's start with the idea that women are so baby-obsessed that they think everything small is a baby. Which leads us to the even weirder idea that when women think they are in the presence of a baby, they make orgasm sounds and want to do whoever is holding said baby/small thing/BK burger shot. But what offends me most is the assumption that hamburgers are so alien to women that they don't even know you're supposed to eat them.