Gender Bias for the Apprentice??

Alison Overholt posts an interesting piece over on the Fast Company Blog about Trump’s “The Apprentice” show and a recent article published in Newsweek. She raises a good point in saying that the article’s gender emphasis on the female participants is unfair. I agree completely with Allison.

However, unfortunately I can’t help but feel that these particular women haven’t done a great job at positioning themselves as equals in the show or the business world. I still can’t get the garbage that took place during the first few episodes out of my head. What WAS that?? As I watched I suddenly felt my knees buckle as any progress that those of us have made in the business world got tossed aside like a piece of ratty cardboard. (Not really but I am trying to stress my displeasure with their behaviour)

In my opinion the women participants were acting like idiots by implying through their actions that they didn’t need real skill to succeed…they could just flash a little booty and men would give them whatever they wanted. As well even after those games ended, the lack of emotional control and constant bickering from some of the participants was just unacceptable. Not a great display of the real skills a woman (or man) can bring to the boardroom table in my opinion.

I didn’t care that the women were winning in the early episodes – in fact I started rooting for the guys. It was only when Donald told the girls to knock it off that I started to really enjoy the show. I mean it’s STILL Reality TV but it is better than most.

All that being said, when it comes to turning around those rinky dink pretend projects over the span of a couple of days – I could kick all their asses any day of the week.

2 comments on “Gender Bias for the Apprentice??

  1. KC Lemson says:

    I know exactly what you mean… every episode I can’t believe some of the stupid mistakes they make. How is it that they’re supposed to be the cream of the crop from the business world?

  2. … So I take it you guys’ll be applying for the next one? NBC’s taking applications now ;-)

    That said, I agree. Many of the women are far smarter than they appear. Whether that’s because they acted like idiots while they were in New York or because of creative editing I’m not sure.

    Still, it’s better than most of the TV shows on the big networks. I just wish it showed more intelligence.

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