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Women and Bourdain

KarenCf November 15, 2013 at 7:43 pm
So, I realize this sort of comment brings out all sort of blowback, but what amazes me is that there are virtually no women on his new show. For awhile I was obsessed with this and tracked the number of minutes a woman was on screen, even in crowd shots, and it never topped 5 minutes. And experts in whatever geographic area he is studying? 0 women ever. What surprises me, is that this not remarked upon….by anyone. In all the dissections I have read about this latest show of his, no one has mentioned this. Do a mental experiment- if the next show was 50% female- how would it change for you?

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  1. I haven't watched much of his CNN show.

    I do remember a lot of No Res where he had women fixers and guests. He seemed to speak very highly of women cooks and chefs. Same with Cooks Tour.

    1. Hadn't noticed, therefore haven't remarked.

      1. As a woman, I don't care to go through life assessing every tv show, movie, magazine top 10 list, event staff list, company employee list counting the number of females.

        I think Anthony Bourdain is great. I love all his shows (except the Taste) because of his raw, no bullshit attitude. I don't think he has any problems with women and I think he would thank you not to try and impose a minimum woman quota on his shows.

        Let's not look for problems where none exist.

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        1. re: chefhound

          I totally agree! Let's not diss people just for the sake of doing it.

          1. re: chefhound

            Add me to the list of those that agree with you. The obsession by some groups and individuals to quota everything has gotten out of hand.

          2. What an odd thing to notice. It sounds like you may have the problem not the show. When I watch a Tv show about cooking and food I notice the food and listen to what is being said... The color, gender, sexual prefrence, birthsign,religion or fashion choice is usallllllllly not my area of "study"

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            1. re: girloftheworld

              I would agree completely, but I have to admit that back in the early days, Bobby Flay's wardrobe was so horrible it blew me away.

              1. re: EWSflash

                well I have noticed Swamp people has not featured a representive number of metrosexual males or Jewish people.

                1. re: girloftheworld

                  I just spit up a Bloody Mary, thanks a lot! :-)

            2. I haven't watched much of his new show, but am planning on checking out a few recent episodes this coming week if time permits. My son indulges me and keeps me company while I do a Tony marathon while my husband is away and catch up on missed episodes. I'll pay attention.

              I certainly didn't feel that a lack of women was a problem on No Res., but if that's the case with CNN it should be brought to their attention.