Thursday, October 2, 2014

Sex Discrimination on Jeopardy!

“What are offensive gender-specific stereotypes for $800, Alex?”

In an episode of Jeopardy! earlier this week, the show featured a category which is raising many eyebrows and is further causing substantial controversy.  The category, “What Women Want,” seemed to feature answers that further sex-based stereotypes, including the $600 answer which was “a vacuum cleaner.”  The Today Show ran an interesting segment which highlighted the controversy and includes an excerpt from the program.  It is worth a quick look particularly if you are covering sex discrimination in class this week, as I am doing with my students.

-- Joe Seiner

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