Monday, 20 April 2015

Critisizing Plain Jane. Part 2: Description and Intro

Following with my MTV Plain Jane feminist criticism (and snarky attack) (Part 1: Introduction here), let’s take a look at the great description and intro of this show:

You can watch the intro here

"PLAIN JANE" is a new summer reality series that transforms one woman from the inside out to reveal a brand new woman. Each of the eight episodes will feature a new "Jane" searching for the change of a lifetime. With the help of British fashion expert Louise Roe ("Fashion Police: The 2009 Grammy Awards"), each "Plain Jane" will receive a head-to-toe style transformation, including new wardrobe and confidence-building exercises. Once the transformation is complete, the formerly "Plain Jane" will surprise her unsuspecting crush with the new look and reveal her true feelings to him. A love connection is - or isn't - made.

Charming description, isn’t it? Just like a fairytale!

And the intro is even better! (I have omitted the ‘Hello, I am Louise Roe, the world's best stylist with a frightening sexist mindset’ line - which didn't run like that of course - because it didn't add much to the criticism and I'm not wasting typing time on her, thanks). 

And this time I'm not going to highlight the offending parts in red, because, franky, everything is offending, and I'm going to critisize the full paragraph with my snarky inner commentary below:

'Plain Jane'

 "Meet Plain Jane. She's ordinary, awkward and forgettable. Every Plain Jane has a secret crush, but she can't imagine telling him how she feels. And that's where I come in (…) My job is to help every Plain Jane come out of her shell by facing her biggest fear head on and being transformed into a new woman with style and confidence to surprise the man of her dreams on a romantic date. Will it be true love? Find out in Plain Jane!”

Snarky inner feminist commentary included (One line per paragraph in order to make reading easier):

Just the title is outrageous. 'Plain Jane' - Let's turn a "plain girl" ('plain' according to your narrow-minded standarts, of course) into a sexy princess so that she gets her prince.

 "Meet Plain Jane. She's ordinary, awkward and forgettable (so everyone who doesn't conform to your sexist and very limited fashion and behaviour rules is ordinary in the bad sense of the word, forgettable, AND awkward. Wow). 

Every Plain Jane has a secret crush (Yes, because the primary problem of any girl is to find a man who will find her acceptable!! And this guy comes into the intro with self-confident manly swag and bravado included, because he’s perfect already). 

But she can't imagine telling him how she feels (because she is oh-so-awkward and because apparently all girls who don't wear heels and/or make-up on a daily basis can't be confident and direct enough to ask someone out. Suuuuure). 

And that's where I come in (…) My job is to help every Plain Jane come out of her shell... (because if she's different in some way from your COMPULSORY flirty/sexy/feminine/cute gender-biased mould she must be in a shell and in need of some change and a sexist fairy godmother to give her a dress and a pair of heels, OBVIOUSLY) facing her biggest fear head on... (You think? That's a woman's biggest fear?? Asking a guy out? Oh, do educate yourself and respect women's lives and goals a little bit more!) 

...and being transformed into a new woman (Transformed. They don't even try to lie about this) with style and confidence... (again, to these people confidence means altering someone's style and personality so that she fits in with society's limited ideas, right? I guess her original syle wasn't her true inner style, she just needed someone to change her, lucky her for finding you!) surprise the man of her dreams (all for him, folks, never forget that!) on a romantic date. 

Will it be true love? (True love? Seriously? You make a girl think that she can only go out with someone by dressing and behaving in a certain way, to please her crush so that he finds her desirable enough, and you call that love?  ARE YOU FRIGGING KIDDING ME?? That kind of relationship-wannabe doesn’t even deserve to be called legit ‘attraction’!!)'

This series definitely!
I can't wait to rip it apart here *muahaha*