For Realz?: Why Do I Always Root For Females?
Of course, it's not particularly helpful to feminism to reduce it all to "girls rule boys drool," particularly when it comes to tallying reality TV contests winners by gender -- but still! Why is it so hard for women to win these shows? It's gotten so the only show where I can consistently see women winning is America's Next Top Model. I was rooting for Stephanie to become the first female Top Chef two seasons ago, and I was pretty pleased for Project Runway had the all-female final runway show. I'm pulling for Shawn Johnson on Dancing with the Stars too!
What is it about reality TV contests that make it break down into a gendered thing anyways? For goodness sake, I'm watching Leader of the Pack, a show on HGTV where a family is picking a dog, for crying out loud -- and this last episode featured the 7 year old only daughter in a three-child family weeping disconsolately to her mother that she didn't want the family to eliminate Annie the white Maltese mix "because she's the only girl left."
And why do I always fall for this? Now I'm totally rooting for Annie, even though the boy dog Piper seems like a much better dog for the family, and I don't actually even like Annie. And I didn't even like Cara and Jaime! Is it always going to be a gender war on reality TV?
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