Reality Television has become a significant part of pop culture. We tune in every week to see who got into a fight, which competitor is getting kicked off, and most importantly to ingest our weekly fix of drama. I for one see reality shows as a guilty pleasure. It’s something to do after coming home from school after a day of critical thinking. These shows give me a chance to turn my brain off and just watch the often ridiculousness.
The Article I focused on for this blog post was “Singing and Dancing with Gender: Two Essays on Reality TV”. The author explains how reality shows “Dancing with the Stars” and “American Idol” dramatize the struggles and hardship of the women competitors. In particular on “Dancing with the Stars” the men on the show are seen in a more comical light because society thinks for the most part, men aren’t supposed to be able to be good dancers. But on the other side of the spectrum, the female competitors are seen crying, frustrated, and discouraged. And to add to their discouragement, they have to be pushed, given inspiration and confidence by their male partners.
I agree with the authors take on reality TV. Women are often seen in a bad light. They’re mostly seen as fighting one another over men or what was said about one another. And I for one can admit that is why I tune in every week. And yes I am ashamed of this, but on the other hand it’s entertaining. Our society has become amused by the sight of fighting women which is somewhat hard for me to understand. How did we get to this point? How did we go from the Women’s Liberation Movement to watching Snooki and Sammi duke it out on National television? It baffles me, but I still can’t wait to see the next episode.