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January 29, 2007

Chick TV: What's The Worst?

As this seems to have prompted debate in the threads, may as well give it its own dedicated post.

As a follow-up question (suggested by Warden), why are women so endlessly fascinated by watching other women do crap -- paint a wall, go shopping for hot new clothes, raise their kids, cook a tasty meal, sew a dress -- that they can, and by all means should, actually be doing themselves?

Men don't watch shows about dudes sitting on a couch watching football, do they? And yet if such a show existed for chicks, it would run on weekend marathons on VH-1 and get a 9-share.

The British version of What Not To Wear is okay, because every three episodes addresses the eternal quandry of how a very large-breasted woman can find the right bra and wear clothes that accentuate her rack. The American version used to have such Very Special Episodes once a month in the old days. Now every episode seems to be about dressing very unattractive women, most of whom are in their early-to-mid nineties, in more body-type and age-appropriate muumuus.

How the hell did they miss the point of the British show so badly? It was just an excuse to show knockers, just Benny Hill without the old bald guy.

Then again, the American show seems to be entirely for women. So, I guess, it's a question of knowing your audience.


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