the safe word is: ratings

FOX has a new series coming this Fall called “When Women Rule the World”:

What if it was “a woman’s world”? What if women made ALL the decisions? If men were their obedient subjects?

These questions and more will be explored when a group of strong, educated, independent women, tired of living in a man’s world and each with a personal axe to grind, rule over a group of unsuspecting men used to calling the shots on WHEN WOMEN RULE THE WORLD.

The unscripted series will reveal how women and men react in a world where women are in charge and men are subservient, and each gender’s ability to adapt to a new social order will be put to the test.

[..]

In order to win, the men must accede to the women’s every demand, 24/7. Here, women command and men obey. Over the series’ duration, the men will be eliminated by the women until one last man is standing.

Ugh. Just u.g.h.

“Women command! Men obey!”

Dude, just hire a freakin’ dominatrix and spare the nation your shitty tv show.

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36 responses to “the safe word is: ratings

  1. As long as people like the idiots behind this show believe that one gender should be “in charge” and one should be “subservient,” our society will continue to have its tires stuck in the sand.

    The show will probably get big bloody ratings.

  2. Dude, just hire a freakin’ dominatrix and spare the nation your shitty tv show.

    LOL!

  3. oddjob

    Ah yes, yet another Fox special production pandering to permanently adolescent men.

  4. Fritz

    Uh, why don’t they just take a video camera into any hospital in the nation? Most nursing units are close to 100% female (about 5% of nurses are male). They make life and death decisions every freakin’ day!

    I think a show about nurses would be fantastic. At least it would show what millions of skilled women do for a living.

  5. Oh, this is going to be horrible *shudder* … I’d play a version of bingo with misogynistic catch-phrases while watching, but that would involve watching … I don’t trust Fox to work their way out of a paper bag, let alone do something like this.

    Ugh.

  6. Dude, just hire a freakin’ dominatrix and spare the nation your shitty tv show.

    Right. On. LOL.

  7. Jay in Oregon

    As long as people like the idiots behind this show believe that one gender should be “in charge” and one should be “subservient,” our society will continue to have its tires stuck in the sand.

    Couldn’t have said it better myself.

    Wouldn’t it be awesome if the female half of the cast was comprised of feminists who refused to play into the pseudo-S&M fetish being pandered to? Y’know, actually let men be equal partners in the decision-making, that kind of thing?

    Of course, the deck of potential female “masters” will probably be stacked in favor of the pesonality types they want to go along with this crap.

  8. Misty

    the deck of potential female “masters” will probably be stacked in favor of the pesonality types they want to go along with this crap.

    Well, yes, you see (as said in the FOX descriptor) these particular women have a “personal axe to grind”. Of course they do.

    Blech.

  9. I thought Futurama already covered this.

    One of my favorite episodes ever. 😉

    As a writer*, I have a loathing for “reality shows” in general, since they were conceived as a way to try to break the Writers Guild, and they generally suck. I refuse to watch them. This one is right up there with the shittiest of all time, at least in concept, which for me is a close race between “Who’s Your Daddy?” and “The Littlest Groom.”

    *I’ve never actually written for television, nor am I ever likely to, but I still feel solidarity with those who do, even when I’m cursing their names for the crap that gets put on tv.

  10. How fucking patronizing. I immediately thought about the show starting this fall “Kid Nation” or something like that. It’s not the same network, but still.

  11. NameChanged

    I forsee a special guest appearance by Omarosa. Barf.

  12. Susan

    Here’s what I’d like to see: all the car dealerships in the US are owned and staffed by women. Men are then subjected to to the kind of treatment which a lone woman experiences when she needs to buy a car.

  13. Dude, just hire a freakin’ dominatrix and spare the nation your shitty tv show.

    I think that sums it up. 😀

  14. But, but, aren’t you feminists? Isn’t this your dream scenario? 🙂

    The only thing I watch on Fox is sports.

  15. Oh, and guess what they’ll say after this show face-plants?

    “Nobody wants a world where women are in charge! We tried it out, and it failed!”

  16. SAP

    “When Women Rule the World”

    Sooooooo, FOX is doing a documentary about Barbara Bush?

  17. McJohn

    Unscripted! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

    [Deep breath.]

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

    About as unscripted as your average presidential press conference, they mean. Incertus, while I agree that this is one more example of story-based video entertainment trying to pretend that ANYONE is more important than the writer, the way it works in practice is that you have a whole bunch of writers, they’re just not called that. No moment in those shows is truly spontaneous, if not actively scripted. Didn’t anyone get it when the whole baby-mama-drama era in Jerry Springer was revealed to be improv by aspiring unknown actors?

    What’s so horrific about this to me is that the “women with an axe to grind” and the “good ol’ straight white guys who just want to have fun and watch a little baseball with a beer in their hands and are about to get hit by a semi wearing a women’s symbol” are equally mythical. This is adding yet another brick to the Fox Boys’ Clubhouse (No Fags or Chicks Allowed).

  18. Benjamin

    Does anyone else think that Fox covering gender politics is ripe for unintentional comedy? Granted, in a “bludgeon my head on this glass table until the hurting stops” kind of way, but still….
    Fox.
    Gender roles.
    “Unscripted”.
    The only way this could get better is if the “men” are pulled from their pool of pet pundits.
    I’d LOVE to see what Bill O`Reilly thinks is involved in the day of a homemaker.

  19. Oh, and guess what they’ll say after this show face-plants?

    “Nobody wants a world where women are in charge! We tried it out, and it failed!”

    A more cynical man than I might say that that’s the purpose for the show in the first place. I mean, it’s an election year in which HRC is the leader in the race for the Democratic nomination–it’s not that much of a stretch.

  20. Fritz

    I’d LOVE to see what Bill O`Reilly thinks is involved in the day of a homemaker.

    I reckon it would involve a loofah — or a falafel. Maybe a faloofel.

  21. I agree that this is really patronizing and stupid, but what do expect from Murdoch. Also, Spinsterwitch, I have this morbid (i guess that is the right word) fascination with Kid Nation, I kind of hope it turns into Lord of the Flies although i know it wouldn’t.

  22. cfrost

    “spare the nation your shitty tv show”

    Spare the nation TV itself – it’s all shitty. Burn the studios, dynamite the transmission towers, cut the cables, smash the picture tubes. TV has shittiness inextricably built into it. TV is just lungworms for the mind. Pull the fucking plug before that god damned machine sucks up the rest of your soul.

  23. I think a show about nurses would be fantastic. At least it would show what millions of skilled women do for a living.

    I will do it. Someday you all shall see.

  24. ds

    I think this show needs a drinking game.

  25. boatboy_srq

    Hasn’t this subject matter already made it to (relatively) mass media some time ago? Lysistrata. If you haven’t read it, it’s a marvelous take on what would happen if women DID take the initiative. Pity that nobody at Faux Netwreck actually reads.

  26. What a pity Devine is no longer with it. Now that would be a show!

  27. I meant “Us”. Not “it”. The aged, to much vino for lunch, twat up to his usual standard of typing. Sorry.

  28. My Interpretation of Drama students read it every semester, boatboy. It’s a play that could stand a good film treatment; I haven’t been able to locate one, and if you know of one, please pass it along if you don’t mind.

  29. But, but, aren’t you feminists? Isn’t this your dream scenario? 🙂

    I’m hoping this was facetious, but to answer the question literally: No, feminists simply want equality. We’re tired of being second class citizens.

  30. Brian — IIRC correctly, there have been a couple of film treatments of Lysistrata (70s and 80s, I believe) — not that we’re likely to see a modern-day American treatment — we must think of the children, after all — but Aubrey Beardsley did some fantastic illustrations for it.

    Hmmm. A Lysistrata movement in America — straight women refuse sex until the war is ended. Hmmmm.

  31. I thought Futurama already covered this.

    Actually, Zsa Zsa Gabor covered this way back in 1956:

  32. The rudest thing about this is the assumption that men are indeed in charge of women, that’s just the way it is — only now they’re going to turn the tables! How entertaining!

    FOX sucks.

  33. NMRon

    Topic for a nostalgia moment? This has nothing to do with Faux TV, but does anyone remember a rather short-lived TV series with a similar theme? Sometime in the early to mid-70’s around the time of ‘Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.’ Same producer, I think. Premise was a parallel universe or something where traditional (for the mid-70’s) gender roles were reversed. It was quite thought provoking, challenging really. My thoughts at the time were, “They won’t let this last long,” unfortunately, it didn’t.

  34. NMRon

    All That Glitters . . . produced by Norman Lear. It depicted a completer gender role-reversal. The women were the heads of households and industries, while the men were the homemakers or “househusbands” and secretaries.

  35. Jovan1984

    Just a little flashback. Wasn’t it Fox who gave its viewers a misogynistic view of the March for Women’s Lives on April 25, 2004?

    And now Fox all of a sudden wants us to believe that they are somehow pro-woman in trying to promote this show? No thanks — I can see through this charade. As a sex-positive feminist, I might only watch just for sexual pleasure.

    If you really want women and men to be equal, then support the Women’s Equality Amendment. It is badly needed.

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