Feminism Takes a Step Back

A random posting. But it’s worth it, I promise.

This American Life did an episode this past weekend on the theme of “Quiz Show.”

The third act was hilarious.

Robin Epstein discussed a game show she produced and wrote questions for on the Oxygen network. It was a show made to empower young women, to show them it was cool to be smart. Except it didn’t work…

A clip from the show:

Host: What amendment gave women the right to vote?

Girl 1: 8th… 9th… 14th… 15th… 8th… 9th

Host: 3 seconds…

Girl 1: 8th… 9th… Say 9th!

Girl 2: The 9th!

Girl 1: No, wait!!!

[A few seconds later]

Girl 3: I’m gonna guess 14th!

Host: That’s incorrect. It was actually the 19th amendment.

Girl 1: None of us deserve the right to vote ’cause we don’t know that.

Host: That’s true. Exactly…

Like I said, hilarious.

Listen to the episode here (mp3). The entire episode is good, but the relevant act begins at the 46:46 mark.

[tags]This American Life, Quiz Show, Robin Epstein, Oxygen network, feminism, amendment[/tags]

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  • Emily

    I was unbelievably angry after listening to this show. The host was a