Flat Asses And Dumb Bunnies: A Diary Of Women's Television


| February 12, 2001


Flat Asses And Dumb Bunnies: A Diary Of Women's Television, Kathleen Wilson, The Stranger
After spending the holidays watching TV with her mother, Kathleen Wilson gets inspired to watch the television her mother wouldn't allow: the 'dumb bunnies' like Lisa Ling on the various women's cable networks. To properly appraise the programming, she stays home and chronicles her two-day marathon for The Stranger, Seattle's alt-weekly. When comparing Oxygen to Lifetime to The View, Wilson laments: 'Frankly, Oxygen as a whole is irritating, and I defy anyone to sit still with it for even an hour. Its programs, save for Exhale... are all unwatchable. Most hideous is Friday and Saturday nights' Pajama Party, Oxygen's version of The Man Show in which women dressed in baby-dolls and mules discuss girly issues and men dance around in their boxer shorts.' Wilson's humorous running commentary on the various shows to which she subjected herself gives insight into the damaging nature of women's television: '[A]ll those stories of infidelity, heartache, and misery can make any woman suspicious of her own seemingly content life.'
--Sara V. Buckwitz
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