It is rare that Jeopardy! earns the exclamation point in its name. This week, however, the soporific quiz show found itself the subject of controversy after it aired a collection of answers grouped, blithely, under the category of "What Women Want." This included answers like "A PAIR OF JEANS THAT FIT WELL, LIKE THE 525S FROM THIS BRAND" ("what is Levi's?") and "TIME TO EXERCISE; PERHAPS A CLASS IN THIS DISCIPLINE NAMED FOR FOUNDER JOSEPH, WHO INITIALLY CALLED IT CONTROLOGY" ("what is Pilates?") and "SOME HELP AROUND THE HOUSE; WOULD IT KILL YOU TO GET OUT THE BISSELL BAGLESS CANISTER ONE OF THESE EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE?" ("what is vacuum"?).
Yeah. I'll take "Eeesh" for $800, please, Alex.
The whole thing was bad. As in, you-want-to-assume-it-was-some-kind-of-publicity-stunt bad, because the less generous assumption is that the whole thing was simply Jeopardy!'s-writers-and-producers-actually-just-being-that-terribly-tone-deaf bad. As a Jeopardy! category, "What Women Want" was glib. It was facile. It was an affront to the #notallwomen hashtag, not to mention the "not all women" reality of life. It ignored the fact that, if there is one thing women as a singular group actually do want, it is probably, you know, not to be treated as a singular group in the first place.