Where's Women's Lib
Thirty years ago or so,
a woman got on a game show, and managed to win over $305,000. She was
Eileen Jason, and she won several games on The Joker's Wild. She won
$55,000 in her original run, and the $250,000 top prize in the annual
Tournament of Champions. On her tenth game, she was told by host Jack
Barry that a win plus a bonus game victory would put her number one on
the all-time winnings list. She managed to win her game with three
jokers, and a natural triple won her the prizes and cash, for a total of
$39,500. In the aftermath, she said “I'm just so glad that a woman was
able to do it!” Unfortunately, yelling at a youtube clip doesn't do much
good, but I'll say it here: Congratulations. You won on a game show
where success is derived mainly from luck of the draw and being able to
answer fairly simple questions. You are not a shining beacon for women's
liberation. You just got lucky and are being piggish.
That was around 1980, but let's fast forward (as it were) to 2010 and
the first episode of The Apprentice. I guess Donald Trump knows more
than I do, so there must be something to his decision to regularly cast
the game as men against women. In the first task, the women do what
women do, cutting each other down at every turn. In the boardroom, the
eventual nearly-downsized pick themselves up, try to get the bus tread
out from their clothes (after being thrown underneath it so many times)
and go back on their way.
I don't know what causes the women to regularly degenerate this way so
many times, but it seems to happen every year. The women vow to shatter
the stereotypes and all of that, but year after year things don't
change. There's infighting and cattiness and the men get to just sit
back and watch the implosion. I hope for their sake that it doesn't
happen again this year.
Travis Eberle is still entertained watching Donald Trump fire people.
Drop him a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.