I’m sure many of my fellow Brits have all at some point enjoyed a Saturday night in, cozying up and watching an episode of the ever entertaining “Take Me Out”. However while the show may seem like a bit of fun, there are countless underlying social problems within it that need to be addressed.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with “Take Me Out”, the shows set up is essentially a line up of women (as seen in the picture), all given a light and a button to turn the light off. A man will be presented and go through several rounds, at each of which more women will probably turn their light off, until the end when if there are any lights still left on, he will get to choose a women to take with him to the Isle Of Fernando’s on a date where he chooses the activities. While I am aware all the participants of the show are fully aware of the situation and their role in the series, in this article I hope to confront 2 of the blatant obvious from the get up alone of the show.
The girls lining up on stage in front of the man portrays the idea that women are perceived as objects on display for a man’s enjoyment and approval. Furthermore, the women are encouraged to compete with each other, whether this be through hidden talents or cheesy pick up lines, which degrades women to a status where they are seen as lower worth as they must work to be seen as desirable in a man’s eyes. Male judgement seems to be favored as the man gets to choose the activities on the date to which the female has to endure and have no say it. Also, by the man’s role of choosing the girls he likes and having the power to ask them any question he likes in order to establish his attraction to them, the idea of male superiority is enforced.
As you can imagine, the chosen candidates all do their best to look as desirable as possible to them man and the only interaction they have with him is what they present themselves as and the few lines they get to say when chosen to speak. This is glaringly superficial as the gentleman is prompted to judge each girl based on her appearance. This is the same for the man. All the single ladies have to go off is the gentleman’s appearance and the artificial videos put together by the producers revealing little to nothing about his nature and mostly including gym shots. It supports the concept that beauty is more important than personality and while I am aware most participants of the show probably aren’t looking for life partners, the message this puts in impressionable people’s minds through the TV is dangerous and one that society is trying so hard to step away from.
I’m not saying that we should all turn our TV’s on as soon as we hear the shows theme tune, or that we should hate on the people who choose to take part in it. Instead what I am conveying is that we should be aware of the issues surrounding the show and that it cannot be seen as the typical framework of society, where women and portrayed as items and appearance is favored over all else.