Who wants to be a sexist cougar?

Okay, in the past week we’ve posted on racism (blackface) amd sizeism (little people). Although there are many more “-isms” to cover, let’s now deal with some sexism.

The clip you are about to watch is from Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, and I can categorically state that this scene would never have occurred if the host were male and the contestant a woman. So, here we have the host, a horny old cougar, Meredith Vieira, about to devour a young Navy pilot. I’ve never seen anything quite like this — I’m surprised Meredith didn’t stick to the chair when she stood up.

What this clip shows us is that all “-isms” are relative, not universal. I use the word ‘relative’ here because it seems the “rules” of behaviour that now shape the way in which men relate to women in public do not apply equally to women in their treatment of men.

So, here you go, girls, payback time for all those years of oppression and regularly being treated as eye candy!


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5 Responses

  1. That’s not ‘who wants to be a millionaire’.

    It’s ‘ Who wants to be a MILF’.

    she is the weakest link…goodbye.

  2. Hmm, I’m torn on this one because yes she’s being way over the top, but I don’t think it’s the same as a male host creaming his pants over a hot young woman. He’s embarrassed, but he’s also enjoying it. And I’m sure that when he walks away he’s going to puff up his chest and feel pretty good about himself.

    It’s about power. He has it in a way that a young woman in the same situation doesn’t. Your own language – “horny old cougar” … “I’m surprised Meredith didn’t stick to the chair when she stood up” – shows that she doesn’t have the power. And it’s hardly “payback time” because you’ve just ridiculed her.

    Having said all that, she’s too much.

    • Regardless, he’s pretty stuck as to how he can react — I mean, what’s he going to do — hit her? Yell at her? Walk out? He has to look like he can take it ’cause he’s in the military. In fact, I wonder if the uniform made it all more acceptable — Max is like a piece of public property (and for all we know Meredith has a “man-in-uniform” fetish).

      But you are right about my mode of address, it’s a fair cop about the way I ridicule her — I got carried away by the fact that I was finally able to write about a cougar (I just love that expression).

  3. Oh look at him poor guy all bashful. And that cougar just proved to the whole world that she hasn’t had any for a damn long time and passed it off in the name of female empowerment. shhesh.

  4. “Oh look at him poor guy all bashful. And that cougar just proved to the whole world that she hasn’t had any for a damn long time and passed it off in the name of female empowerment. shhesh.”

    One could say the exact same thing if the contestant was a woman then hmm? ‘oh look how she’s all bashful and shy, poor girl.’ No that wouldn’t cut it and your excuses shouldn’t either. And what was he supposed to do but look uncomfortable, slap her? Walk out? I don’t see why the few women responding here downplay the obvious double standard. It’s sexism plain and simple. Hypocrites.

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