Either television executives are really running out of ideas or they think the average American is an idiot.
Take, for example, the latest Lifetime reality show The Week the Women Went. The show, according to Lifetime, "will explore modern gender roles and find out what happens when all of the women leave town, leaving the men behind to run their households, businesses and community on their own."
All sounds well and good. But we all know this show is not a real social experiment or else it would be airing on PBS or the Science Channel. This is entertainment and not very realistic.
I admit that I have not seen the show. But what I have seen in promos and read on the website is all I need to know. The first episode has the women leaving the men and children to "fend for themselves". Episode two the men must host a formal tea party while the women discuss sex toys. Episode three involves voodoo.
In addition to insulting one's intelligence, this show also is an insult to both men and women. It implies that women can't do anything other than run a household and raise children and it also implies that men are helpless and can't run a household and raise children. The show does both genders a disservice and enforces old stereotypes.
What do you think? Have you seen the show?
Source: The Week the Women Went