Monday, January 26, 2004

Battle of the Sexes Produces Mixed Results

Vince Lombardi is famous for saying, “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.” However, I do not think that this is the case on The Apprentice (airing on NBC this Thursday at 9 pm). Thus far, the women’s team has won all three challenges, but in the process, they have done their best to set the women’s movement back several decades. Far from proving that they have more business acumen than their male counterparts, the women have mostly proved the old adage that sex sells. So far, the women have bulged their breasts, bared their bellies and even danced in order to accomplish their goals. When the women are not executing the challenges, they are embroiled in bitter catfights back in their suite. The whole thing should be quite embarrassing for any woman to watch.

It will be interesting to see how The Donald ultimately reacts to all this. My prediction is that these tactics can only carry the women so far. My prediction is that the women will have to prove that they have some legitimate business skills if they are to continue their winning ways. Previews for Thursday’s episode hint that The Donald’s advisors are about to put the clamps down on all the prancing and dancing. It’s too bad that these highly qualified, professional women didn’t have the pride and self-respect to clamp down on themselves.