Wednesday, September 20, 2006

So Jeopardy was exciting tonight because two contestants tied, and I don't think I've ever seen a tie. (If only I could have watched the Oscars in 1968...)

But what's with Jeopardy's sexism? One question was about "Tim McGraw and this beauty" singing some song. When the contestant answered "Faith Hill," Alex said, "yes, his wife." Because McGraw is called by his name, whereas Hill is marked twice, once as "this beauty" and again as "his wife." Nice. But it gets better. In a category about the words of women artists, the answer referred to Virginia Woolf as "this authoress." AUTHORESS? Why not just lady author? After all, the category was already women artists, so why call one a fine modernist an authoress? AN AUTHORESS? Fuck Jeopardy.