Sexism or Feminism Feud?

Family feud has flustered the nation with the recent airing of the segment which showed the nation’s answers of what they believe a woman’s job and a man’s job is.

Despite articles and comments stating they believe the two questions were ‘ill-advised’ and ‘wrong’, only the women’s category has caused fierce backlash.

For those unfamiliar with the show’s format, it sees 100 random Australian’s surveyed about certain categories, which host Grant Denyer then puts them forward to two opposing teams, made up of family members, on the show to score points by stating what they think would be the top answers. The winning team then goes on to compete for $10,000.

The criticism it generated centred on the misogynistic answers that topped the women’s question including hairdressing, reception work and domestic duties like washing clothes and doing the dishes.

Obviously the credibility of the surveyed have been questioned, and full-fledged arguments regarding women’s equality rights have developed. However, what about the stigma attached to the men’s category?

Answers for this category included building, mowing the lawns, taking out the bins, being a mechanic, tradie, fixer of things, carpenter and plumber. What about the men who want to be a hairdresser, a teacher, a house husband, or a gardener?

Where is the uproar about these answers for men?

It appears people are so quick to defend women’s rights, but forget that it is equally difficult for men who want to break into industries which have a feminine stigma attached.

Denyer also defended the show on his twitter stating it was not the show’s fault, rather Australia provided those answers.

In some sense Denyer is correct. Ask your parents and grandparents what they think a woman’s or man’s job is and these type of jobs are the first one’s that come into mind because they have been ingrained into their cultural values. It doesn’t mean they are the ONLY jobs women can do. It is just what Baby Boomers grew up with, and more than likely the people surveyed were of this generation, rather than generation Y, as this is the target audience.


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