Now that I’m in my 20s, my parents have abandoned the “no TV during dinner” rule. My mom and I love HGTV ““ the kind of voyeurism that’s perfect for us ““ and usually watch House Hunters or Property Virgins. The show sometimes shows single men and women, but mostly heterosexual couples are the hunters. Lately, the male and female stereotypes have become so obvious I’m wondering whether they are manipulated by producers.
In no specific order, here are the most egregious examples:
1. Upon entering the master bedroom, the female (I’ve seen gay couples maybe three times on these shows) must exclaim over the size of the closet. She must also either: say the closet is only big enough for her shoes, or say her husband will not having enough room for his clothes.
2. Upon entering the master bathroom, she must either: become gleeful at the prospect of two sinks, or complain the one sink is not enough space. Counter space is also very important to the average female House Hunter.
3. Upon entering the kitchen, one or both parties must stress the importance of having stainless steel appliances without explaining why they are necessary. Granite counter tops are also very important, to the point of the couple tapping the counter and asking the realtor if the counter is “real” granite. The female must also extol the benefits of an open floor plan as it will allow her to cook while watching her children.
4. The male must be seeking a male-only space called a (shudder) “man cave.” He must also mention where a grill will be placed in any kind of outdoor space.
Buying a house is a momentous occasion for a couple. Part of that “American Dream” I keep hearing about. It’s just unfortunate women on the show keep clinging to stereotypes.