The Channel Ten game show Family Feud is facing viewer backlash following last night’s episode where contestants were asked to “name something people think is a woman’s job.”
The top 8 answers included: cooking, cleaning, nursing, hairdressing, domestic duties, dishes, receptionist and washing clothes.
Because apparently, we’re all living in the 1950’s.
The idea behind the game show, involves two families playing off against each other to name the top answers to a series of questions surveyed by Australians. However RMIT University’s Deputy Dean of Media and Communication Lisa French has questioned the integrity of the game show’s surveying procedure and how they determine the top answers.
She stated: “Where did they find these 100 people? I don’t think I know anyone who would respond that way… could it just be a ploy for publicity?”
It may be noted that in previous rounds, Family Feud asked contestants to “name something you think is a man’s job”, with answers including plumbing, building, mowing the lawns and fixing things.
The game show has actively taught viewers just how detrimental gender stereotyping is, with Professor French concluding that sexism in Australia is still very much “alive and well.” Talking to Fairfax media, Professor French had this to say:
“When the answer that the most popular women’s jobs are ‘washing, cooking and cleaning’ arises, it makes it clear that sexism is alive and well, and it highlights that women are still being demeaned,”
“It oppresses men as much as it does women for jobs to be typecast according to gender … what we want is freedom of choice, and for those choices to be respected.
Channel Ten has since issued the following statement:
“Network Ten apologises for including two questions relating to what people think is a man’s job and a woman’s job in the episode of Family Feud which aired last night. The questions were ill advised and should not have been included in the show. The survey results are determined by 100 people and we understand they are not reflective of all Australians.”
Words Gemma Mollenhauer.