Women on US TV portrayed as badly as ever
Summary of story from The Washington Post, September 15, 2011
A review of the autumnal US TV programme scedule makes rather depressing reading for women.
According to Hank Stuever of The Washington Post the shows force the question: ‘what is TV trying to tell us about women?’
So he asked 77-year-old feminist Gloria Steinem what she made of “The Playboy Club”, the new show on NBC.
She’d heard of it — being as her writing career took off when she went undercover as a bunny in one of Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Clubs and wrote about the deplorable working conditions.
Having watched the pilot, she noted: ”It was the tackiest place on Earth. It was not glamorous at all. . . . I hope people boycott [the show]. It’s just not telling the truth about the era.”
Stuever’s conclusion? ”It’s all bunnies, baby dolls and broads — and bridezillas and bimbos, if you get into reality TV. It’s still giggles and jiggles”.