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?