‘Jeopardy!’ features insanely sexist category
On Monday, your parents’ favorite game show decided to get a little creative with the category titles, as it tends to do from time to time. I mean, how many times can the producers of “Jeopardy!” really trot out the “Potent Potables” category without it getting a little stale?
Well, speaking of “stale,” the show debuted “What Women Want,” a pretty straightforward category detailing what women want out of life, assuming that those women exist entirely within an old Tim Allen stand-up routine. Mashable provided some screenshots of the offending answers.
What is a vacuum cleaner? Cause everyone knows women be vacuuming and nagging their husbands about housework.
What is pilates? Because sometimes all that vacuuming isn’t enough of a workout.
According to “Jeopardy!”, the other things women want include Levi’s jeans and Sleepytime tea, placing the category a full box of chocolates and an unsuccessful bathing suit shopping foray away from becoming a living “Cathy” cartoon. Things like “the feeling of safety while walking alone at night” and “access to affordable birth control and reproductive services” didn’t figure into this narrowly defined and reductionist catalog of female desire. Huh.
Naturally, some of the people playing along at home became a little incensed and took to Twitter to air their grievances. Actress Sophia Bush had some choice words for the show.
— Sophia Bush (@SophiaBush) September 29, 2014
There were also other pointed criticisms.
The “What Women Want” category on Jeopardy was too sexist to function—seriously, pilates and sleepy time tea?
— ugh just sarah (@SarahBrat10) September 29, 2014
The #whatwomenwant Jeopardy category totally missed What is Listen To My Problems Don’t Solve Them For Me & What is A Different Last Name?
— Maria (@CopyMaria) September 30, 2014