“ Channel 4 / Reality Show „
What exactly is the point of this programme? I've been watching now for all of 5 minutes, and I'm completely confused! It seems utterly pointless. Basically the women want to prove that they can 'rule the world'. But all they are actually proving is that they can't work together, and that the power has gone to their heads. They seem to be making the men do pointless tasks and being condescending and demeaning at every possible opportunity. Is the point to the programme actually to prove that women can't rule men? Because they don't seem to be ding a great job. And I'm guessing that there is something in it for the men? Otherwise why would they do it?
If I were there is no way I would be treating the men how they are, they all seem big headed and want to prove that the men are under them, they are even calling the men 'bitch'! What is that about, we would never take that from a male boss, so why dish it out?
I'm turning it off now!!
In the Daily Mail there was an article about women employees being more stressed and unhappy when working for a female boss. They complained of more illness, depression and insomnia etc when they don't have a male boss. The University of Texas study suggested that many women preferred the traditional male boss to the more assertive alpha female, perhaps the reasons why Hilary Clinton failed to get the female nomination for the Whitehouse, as was the case with the French lady for the presidency. For male workers there was no different in stress levels with a male or female supervisor at the helm. It seems that when women show leadership qualities the other women get rather catty towards them and the problems begin. They are apparently used to and so accepting of aggressive qualities in men but not so much in women bosses. Interestingly their research also found that subtle reciprocal flirtations of female underlings to the male boss is the crucial playful power balance in the workplace that oils the employment relationship. Women employees just can't flirt with female bosses and so that tension releases isn't always there. This is the so called 'Queen Bee Syndrome' and was currently exercised in Channel Fours frivolous but fun reality show called 'When Women Rule the World'.
I'm a bit of a sucker for these shows on the cooler winter nights and so I thought I would give this one ago. Women ruling the world is a very silly idea, of course, and even sillier for a reality show, especially when it turns out to be rather harmless stuff shown ona late night naughty slot, Channel Four quite rightfully hiding it away.
The first reasons to watch it are obvious ones: it's set on a desert island and all the girls are wearing tiny bikinis! In fairness the boys are in trunks for the girls. I suspect there were no plans by the producers to put the contestants somewhere cold for the so called 'social experiment'. The bikinis, of course, shooed off any potential feminist or intellectual audience, this quickly turning into a rather spurious exploitation exercise.
When Women Rule the World is effectively a grown up version of Channels Fours popular longer running teen show 'Shipwrecked', the sexy and athletic students replaced with late twenty and early thirtysomething 'totty', keen to get on telly to flex their impressive pecks. There are plenty of these TV opportunities out there these days like this for out of work actors and posers to get seen and so the more of those that come forward the more formats the TV people keep coming up with tp cater for them, these drongo shows as relentless as the white capped waves that crash on the islands exotic beach used for the backdrop to the show.
The format is fairly straightforward in that the boys-wearing perfunctory loin clothes and tiny shorts- serve the girls for the duration of the 'experiment' on a paradise island in the South Pacific, and so effectively act as the girl's slaves, but taking umbrage early on in being called slaves. One girl is queen and the rest are her council. One guy is voted off the island every day by the girls and the last guy standing gets 30k. The Queen can also be dethroned by her courtiers by a called for vote by a named female only challenger. Such was the cattiness, by episode three two Queens had been voted off the throne to just the one guy leaving the island. The most intelligent chap, a 26-year-old writer, who initiated the first rebellion on the island, was first to be voted off, the women not looking for any more challenges to their crumbling authority. That fatal and obvious flaw in the show early on was that the guys were brighter than the girls, even though neither was that bright. This show made no attempt to be serious at any point.
As expected there's was lots of laddish behavior to keep the girls on their toes and lots of inter girly bitchery to keep the boys in turmoil. If you add regularly infusions of booze to the mix then there's inevitably plenty of flirting and partying going on when there really shouldn't be for this show to have nay integrity. In the first four episodes the boys have been pretty obedient and doing the tasks they are asked to do for little reward, sniffing that thirty grand. The more aggressive girls had to back down on playing out their slave boy fantasies and the show settled into a futile exercise for the type of target audience. The second Queen was more laid back and so the work rate increased. The third queen was hopeless and the partying increased. With no master and servant relationship left by last night show the plug should have been pulled on this and the show never broadcast.
The show is hosted by Steve Jones, a handsome young Welsh bloke, and produced by a female, her mantra, 'women rule, men obey', quickly diluted. In fact the whole show feels rushed already and I suspect the booze was added to the narrative just to stop it falling apart. The Fox network unfortunately allowed C4 to commission their version of the popular American version and so it was always would end up an American style show and would never work here, like Paradise Island. If ever there was an argument to resume nuclear testing in the South Pacific then this is it.
The basic idea was that the boys were tricked into what they thought would be a nice little holiday with some sexy ladies on a tropical island. But it turned out to be anything but. Instead, they all sleep together in a dormitory, where, rather alarmingly for any bloke, masturbation won't be possible. That doesn't mean it won't be possible for this author to use tha word and call them exactly what they obviously are - a bunch of w***ers! The guys were an odious bunch of cliché English lads and where never going to play along with this derivative idea for a TV show as they always held the upper hand. Although there was a writer in amongst the boys they were a typical bunch who only have beer and sex on their tiny minds. One presumes there was a lot of sex on the show but it wasn't shown to maintain some sort of integrity for the experiment to be justified. Unfortunately the girl's fair little better on the social and intellect scale, all regional accents present, ranging from admin assistants to sex therapists. The non selection of intelligent minds for the show, like Big brother insists on doing, made this quickly fall on its face.
I think it's fair to say the lowest common denominator is what this is all about. I was hoping the contestants would be brighter and there would be more battle of the sex's debates over each others role in the modern world, but the girls quickly self-destructed and started bitching and backstabbing, which meant the boys could quickly run wild and twist the girls around their little fingers. No one has learnt anything from this as far as a social experiment goes, other than what we all know in that women tend to implode when given any sort of responsibility that has no set rules and men will move in and fill the vacuum when they do. The idea to reward the last guy standing and yet nothing for the girls was confusing to stay the least and as you felt at any point that the boys could just take over the camp and spoil the show you do wonder why this even got commissioned. Channel Four is no longer the excellent alternative station it used to be. The station went downhill for me when they dumped the West Wing to try and get in a dumber demographic. If girls were meant to rule the world then they would be right now, and probably running Channel Four and so this never shown.
Obviously I've only seen one episode of this as only one has been shown at the time of writing. It fascinated me to see how this experiment of women being in charge of the men worked.
The idea is there are 8 women in charge of 10 men. The women rule completely and everything they say must be obeyed by the men or they risk being sacrificed. The last man there (the one who is the most useful in the eyes of the women and obeys them) will win £30,000.
Each week a man is "sacrificed" if he is deemed disobedient, rude, not useful etc. The men are lined up in front of the women and the women take a brush dipped in a red liquid and "mark" the targets. The final decision rests with the "queen".
When the women reached the tropical island this is set on they immediately had to decide which one of them would be queen. This of course served to create a bit of tension amongst the women before the men even arrived. Having chosen their queen they were then introduced to the men.
Naturally Channel 4 have chosen a group of men that consists of several who "are not going to be told what to do and definitely not by a woman" and a few more reserved specimens! The men apparently did not know this was the point of the show until the presenter, Steve Jones, announced the format before telling the women to choose a servant (that would be a man to run after them and do their bidding).
So far one man has been sacrificed, well not really actually as before the queen could choose between the two of them marked for sacrifice he quit so let's just say one man has gone!
This program, although a bit cheesy, is certainly provoking a reaction. Within days of the first episode there were a number of comments online from men who find the fact the women are in charge "humiliating" for the men, a variety of comments about how "hot" some of the women are but not very much from women.
I have to say, although I'm definitely not subservient or submissive when it comes to men I'm not a raving feminist either. Some of the women make me cringe when they refer to their servant as "bitch" and go to ridiculous lengths of bossiness to make the man do something. Only one of the women seems to have a tight rein on her man and she's using the "honey" approach, she asks him nicely and thanks him when he complies.
This is a tricky one really, I doubt there'll be much in the way of agreement about this program between the sexes. I have to say if I was there with a "servant" I would go for the tried and tested "honey" approach rather than strutting around like some power-crazed amazon warrior but on the other hand it is quite funny to see the amazed reactions from the men when they have to obey a woman!
There is bound to be bitching and arguing amongst the women, they've had one little spat about something so minor I've forgotten what, but it's inevitable when a large group of women who don't know each other get together.
Many women nowadays are in charge of men in the workplace and it's just an accepted part of life. I've been in charge of lots of men in the past in various jobs and have to say I've only ever encountered one man who had a problem with a woman being in charge of him and he was very young and green to the workplace and obviously had yet to learn it is going to happen and just get on with the job. I never felt the need to be overtly aggressive or rude, it's just not acceptable from either sex and does nothing to help relations.
In fact I'd go so far as to say most men in a relationship are often told what to do by their female partner but because it isn't done in such a loud display of aggression don't always realise it! Women usually use a sneakier approach to achieve their aim when it comes to men.
Overall this show doesn't do much to help the image of women and makes us all look like we'll turn into power drunk idiots if given a bit of authority which isn't the case but then on the other hand if the men really were feeling humiliated and hated it so much surely their pride would be worth more to them than the £30,000? So neither sex is represented particularly well by this show.
It's not something that I'll make a point of watching but if there's nothing else on it's worth a quick peek.
When the men don't obey, there will be severe consequences... being sent home with out the prize money. The last subservient man is the winner.