Monday, January 7, 2008

Reality Television: Stooping to a New Low

Last night I was watching TV and saw a preview for a debuting reality television show. I think the premise is that people are hooked up to lie detector tests and then administered uncomfortable questions in front of their friends and family. Last night the preview showed a man being asked if he had ever inappropriately touched a female co worker. The ad lead you to believe that he had, and showed clips of a female loved one getting upset as the man sat there with a guilty look on his face.

This is one of the reasons I try to avoid watching television on a regular basis. It makes me mad (or depressed, disappointed, etc.). Additionally, this morning I recieved an article discussing sexual assault as an occupational hazard, specifically in Iraq. The article was not talking about Iraqi women, it was talking about women who are employed by private contractor's and working in Iraq who have reported several attacks by co-workers.

Did you know that sexual assault is considered an "occupational safety problem throughout the workforce by the Center for Disease Control and the Pentagon"? I suppose that is one of the reasons this year's Sexual Assault Awareness Month is centered around the workplace.

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1 comment:

Kelsey said...

I saw the preview for this show as well, and I had the same, awful reaction.

If it helps at all, there is a new reality show on none other than the fluffy Lifetime Network called "How To Look Good Naked" that all the feminist/size acceptance blogs are buzzing about. Evidently this show helps women accept their bodies, throw out the dieting mentality, and learn to love their bodies. Best of all, I hear that it shows women of all shapes, sizes, colors, and backgrounds. While I haven't seen it yet, I'm excited to hear about a show that can move the world towards more realistic body image expectations.

I guess not ALL television is bad. I'll get back to you on that once I've seen this show.