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  • joy bavis

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    Why Are There So Many Women Crying on TV?

    I would like to watch one TV show without seeing a woman cry. By my estimates, every single non-scripted show on the air, on every channel, in every time slot, in every genre, will have at least one woman cry in every show. It doesn’t matter if the show runs daily or weekly or infrequently – it doesn’t matter if the show is about real-life (60 Minutes) or entertainment (Amazing Race) or buying property (House Hunters) – the result is the same.

    I recently asked some friends to submit the names of shows they watched where someone cried. The results are unbelievable, especially when you think about the number of shows involved, the number of hours aired and how many people are witness to this ridiculous out-dated, embarrassing stance of writers, directors and producers.

    So what does all this crying this mean? Well, it means both men and women working behind the scenes believe seeing someone cry makes for great television. And two, it perpetuates the centuries-old belief that women are weak and vulnerable and can’t handle simple tasks without breaking down. Women can’t buy a house without crying. They can’t live on a fake TV island without crying. They cry when someone leaves and they cry when someone arrives. They cry in cartoons and they cry when entering a country. They cry when pitching a product and they cry, well, they just cry.

    Personally, I am fed up with the ridiculousness and laziness of this phenomenon. When will it end? Next up: why every scripted show and film contains gun violence….

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