It was interesting half-watching Wednesday’s episode of Beauty and the Geek. I realize there’s probably massive amounts of editing going on in order to present things in certain ways, but I also don’t doubt that at least some of it was truly happening.
What I’m talking about is a division of the women in the house – the blondes who spent their time in the pool instead of studying for their challenge and the brunettes who spent their time studying and honestly trying to participate in the project. There was one woman who did both, kind of hovering between the blonde and brunette “factions.” (Personally, I suspect this particular woman is pretty smart even if she doesn’t act like it.) At any rate, the brunettes expressed concern that if one of them didn’t win the challenge, then they’d both have to go to the elimination round because they weren’t part of “the blonde clique” (nor had they been invited to join).
Though both the brunette women did far and away a better job, the woman who hovered around in the middle somewhere ended up winning the challenge (deservedly so). And both brunette women and their geeks were sent to the elimination round, just as they’d suspected.
After it was announced, the brunettes were understandably upset. There was a little powwow among all the women, where the brown-haired women finally expressed to the blondes their frustration. I think they weren’t really taken very seriously. The most interesting thing of all was one of the guys lingering around, listening to the women kind of bicker back and forth. His comment was something like, “I really think the girls could learn some social skills from the guys. We all get along, we all like each other and there’s no separation between us at all…”
So here we had the socially-inept geeks performing much better within the limited scope of the house, where the socially-skilled women couldn’t get along well at all. I do wonder, though, if the guys would have got along well with a different sub-set of guy. Less geek, more jock. Was the division among the women really easily boiled down to hair color, or was there some other reason for it?