“Blachman”: Most Anti-Woman Show Ever?

You think the Danes, like all Scandinavians, are so progressive and feminist, yah? Hah! Just when we thought we’d heard of every conceivable means of humiliating a woman on TV, along came the Danish prime-time series “Blachman.” Here’s the premise of this TV show: a woman enters a room and silently strips in front of the male host and a male guest, who then critique the woman’s body out loud in front of her. Danish “X-Factor” judge Thomas Blachman, who hosts the new, eponymous show, claims he doesn’t consider the content problematic. He told the Daily Mail, “[T]he entire idea of the show is to let men talk about the bodies of naked women while the woman is standing right in front of them. The female body thirsts for words. The words of a man.” Objectifying and criticizing female bodies on television is common on reality TV shows like “America’s Next Top Model,” and research suggests that this type of dialogue can be harmful to female viewers.

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