professor: “reality television is the new tinderbox of sexual stereotypes.”

professor: “reality television is the new tinderbox of sexual stereotypes.”
The Real World, Road Rules, and Sorority Life “reinforce the notion that women care first and foremost about relationships,” according to professor Susan J. Douglas. She’s quoted in a New York Times report about television shows that are “reinvigorating the debate about culture, gender and stereotypes.” The paper reports that the aforementioned shows “inflame the infamous gender wars, [Dougles] said, by asking whether men still essentially want women for their bodies and whether women want men for their money.”

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.


Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.