Is There Gender Bias In Food Show Programming?
By Small Strokes on August 10, 2011
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[Editor's Note: Are food television shows planned along gender lines? In this post, Ashley Lauren of Small Strokes raises some really interesting questions about how food television programming categorizes women and men, and what that has to do with societal pressures around women's weight and eating styles. --Genie]
...it wasn’t long before I noticed a pattern in these shows. Mostly, these shows were about women preparing food, and men enjoying it. How’s that for a gender stereotype? So I started doing a little research into food shows, and the results were clear. Most food shows that involved the preparation of food (think Rachael Ray’s 30-Minute Meals) were hosted by women, and most food shows that involved the enjoyment of food (think Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives) were hosted by men. Sure, there are a few food enjoyment shows out there hosted by women, but they mostly do not air during prime time hours.
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