Tuesday, July 10, 2012

BB14: Double Standards

Two more days before we finally get to see what's really happening in the house. While this seems to be the most anticipated season of Big Brother, or I could have selective memory, the secret mentor situation remains the single most discussed (heated) preseason topic. It's also become the source of fodder for judgment by public opinion.

Namely, that Janelle Pierzina has joined the BB14 cast having had a child recently, has brought a familiar double standard back to the foreground.. As you can imagine, there have been plenty to voice their displeasure at this.. It echoes the huge public outcry against Libra in season 10 who left her twins at home with her supportive husband and family to join the cast in an attempt to win the prize.

I don't know why I'm still surprised at this. Despite the fact that we live in the 21st century, when women's identity has expanded beyond that of mother to include many other income-earning roles from entrepreneurs to astronauts to chefs to soldiers, women are still judged by a harsher standard than men who also happen to be fathers.

Janelle  has every right to strive for the possibility of earning a good chunk of change for her family. She also happens to be a mother who, despite the agony of being separated from her child, is merely doing what millions of fathers and mothers do around the world - provide for her family.

So before we pick up our banners of self-righteous indignation, let's take a moment to consider this.

Let the games begin.

Stay tuned