Feminists (or actually females in general) Should Probably Not Watch Italian Television and Here's Why-
Since I'm currently working as a temporary Italian housewife at the moment as I wait for my actual permesso di soggiorno to arrive, I've had the fantastic pleasure of watching a variety of Italian television. Somehow, I stumbled upon this one yesterday and it was kind of horrendous. I think it would suffice to say that most females watching this would be screaming and pulling their hair out whilst hardcore feminists would probably shoot themselves in the foot to detract from the pain of knowing such a spectacle actually exists. The premise is that a group of men give ratings on a scale of 1-10 to each woman that walks the 'runway'. The scores are tallied up and the women ranked from worst to best in different categories like best body, for example. To make matters worse, the host even deigns to ask certain male judges why they gave a woman a particular score, allowing them to give an explanation of sorts. Then the whole lot got into an argument over which woman had the best body as the host disagreed (gasp) with the final result. I was in such a state of shock that I could not even change the channel. However, that's Italy for you, where young girls aspire to become veline (showgirls) so they can marry a Juventus striker, get onto Isola dei Famosi, and live happily ever after.
Jasmine is a former pharmacist turned freelance writer, foodie, and fashionista from Alberta, Canada living "the sweet life" in Bergamo, Italy.