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Sexism on Jeopardy?

Women’s rights are gaining focus in the media. Stories including Emma Watson’s United Nation speech, the #yesallwomen Twitter handle and the contraception debate in recent Supreme Court cases are drawing attention to the issue of equal rights for women. Adding to the touchy issue, Monday night’s Jeopardy episode included a questionable category that stirred up angry emotions from Twitter users including Sophia Bush.

The “What Women Want” category had many viewers calling the clues sexist. The show’s use of the category unfairly spotlighted female stereotypes and pinned women as only being interested in drinking tea, cleaning, working out, and buying clothes.

jeopardy1“What is the crossword puzzle?”

jeopardy2“What is a vacuum cleaner?”

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“What are Levi’s?”

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The clue: “Before bed, a cup of this herbal tea from Celestial Seasonings; that’s the logo, seen here.” The response: “What is Sleepytime?”

jeopardy5“What is Pilates?”

Other Twitter users quickly joined the conversation online calling the category “stupidly sexist” and “the definition of sexism.” The episode ended on a positive note when Elisa Korn took home the win for the evening.

Is this the first time Jeopardy has been unfair to women? In a more subtle way, Jeopardy’s clues show a subtle gender gap.

 

GMA Correspondent Shares Her Breast Cancer Diagnosis On-Air

I love when TV does good.

On Monday morning (11/11/13) Amy Robach of ‘Good Morning America’ shared her breast cancer diagnosis and treatment choice with viewers. It was a diagnosis she got after receiving an on-air mammogram in early October.

Amy Robach's breast cancer

The mother of two shared her breast cancer diagnosis on GMA, alongside cancer survivor and colleague Robin Roberts.

Her choice is to treat the cancer aggressively, opting for a double mastectomy. Details  on Amy Robach’s breast cancer are limited (she doesn’t yet know what stage or if the cancer has spread) but the 40-year-old Robach shared what she knew with Robin Roberts, herself a cancer survivor.

As Robach said, “I would have considered it virtually impossible that I would have cancer.” It’s a sentiment I would guess is shared by most people fighting the battle against cancer. It was this mentality that made it easy for Robach to postpone a mammogram, a procedure she only completed as part of a GMA assignment. An assignment she claims she actually resisted.

Amy Robach's breast cancer

The 40-year-old underwent a mammogram live on air in October for GMA.

Robach is now part of a strong team of women in media and entertainment that have made their cancer diagnosis part of their public persona. In addition to her GMA colleague Roberts, Robach can seek the wisdom of E!’s Giuliana Rancic, musician Sheryl Crow, and even Angelina Jolie. It’s not a club anyone would chose to be in, but I’m proud of these women for sharing their stories and using their platforms for good.