Monthly Archives: August 2014

Sexism in The Big Bang Theory

I’ve really tried to like this show. I’ve had it recommended to me so many times by so many different people. But I just don’t get how anything so lazy and tired and boring can be funny, and my goodness I find the sexism really offensive.

Maybe it’s because I’m into fantasy books, sci fi shows, video games and I’m a programmer in my day job. I am fed up to the back teeth of women being portrayed as bimbo airheads who are only interested in clothes and guys and who would never get nerdy computer/maths/physics references. TV is FULL of these stupid stereotypes which are harming our society (yes, yes they are). Do we really need another show with them? I surely can’t be the only person who’s bored of them?

I’m not of course (this is a really good article) but in all the universal acclaim it feels like I am. Even the Guardian, my favourite newspaper, seem to like the show. And well, you know, possibly it does get better later on, but I couldn’t force myself to watch any more than the first 3 episodes it was so painful.

On the other hand there is a silver lining. Shows like this are why I still find programmes poking fun at blind, backward, sexist men – like the 90s Irish “Father Ted” for example – absolutely hilarious. Hurrah!