misogyny in reality television is so interesting bc like

"by accident", each series has like 1 woman to every 4 men, UNLESS they pull a "oh battle of the SEXES!!!" nonsense

and even then, the finals typically end up dominated by men

(long thoughts about #inkmaster sorry)
watching ink master is particularly interesting, I'm onto s12 there and like. ink master's misogyny stands out in the women they do pick - you'll get loads of older dudes who are veteran tattooers, but the women are typically like, under 30, are often like 25 at the oldest
the women are generally all thinner whereas the men have a wider diversity in body types; almost all the women they do bring on, even in the gendered teams, are white or light-skinned WOC
like they've got these gendered teams in s12 and I think there's 3 or 4 Black men on the men's team, mostly w darker skin tones, whereas the women's team is broadly homogenous in skin tone - and this is in s12 when they were being "more aware" of their issues after criticism
I've had a suspicion for a while that like, a lot of the women's issues succeeding on the show are compounded by the fact that they're more likely to be selected based on how attractive the producers found them even before they got into the actual competition
and that's not me saying "women only do well in the industry bc they're hot", it's me saying "opportunities for women, esp WOC, are gatekept based on standards of " attractiveness", including race, weight, skin tone, and femininity, and "unattractive" women are shown less"
especially on television shows like this, where even though women are consistently strong and creative competitors, it's often obvious the producers are very focused on their appearance compared to the men, who are allowed to be old or fat or whatever
and that's all obviously also a factor once they're on from the judges and the other contestants, w art being judged extremely inconsistently, esp w women and artists of colour being subject to way harsher crit often
esp bc literally every season at least one person talks about struggling in the industry due to their race, gender, and/or sexuality, and then they're often ignored or even gaslit by the judges, who then get even more insecure about talking w them
it's so noticeable that when they do have darker skinned Black women they go home almost IMMEDIATELY

also its funny that the men keep saying stuff like "i don't care if you're a man or a woman" while being like

women bake, women can't outline, etc, and aren't challenged
like ink master obviously was cancelled bc one of the judges literally did blackface, and for the whole of its production there's recurrent misogyny and anti-Blackness - people whining they don't know how to tattoo dark skin, editing Black men as villains repeatedly
in s11 it was. PALPABLE that they kept wasting all this screen time on 3 particularly uninteresting white men, 2 who were brothers and 1 who kept saying how tragic it is that his son is autistic, even though they were such weak artists and didn't even make it to the final 7
and I have 0 doubt that the bias toward their drama was because they were white men, bc like, there were multiple queer women who were INTERESTING that just got almost nothing until those dudes went home, and 3 Black men who made it very far on
and even then, one of them they only really focused on bc of how much conflict he was having with other team members - I think broadly that he was well-received by audiences and a lot of ppl were on his side by the final, but he was edited to be a villlain
a thing that I actually really appreciated in s11 was the extent to which Christian Buckingham, who's this big bald white dude with face tattoos, went out of his way to specifically mentor women and the Black guys while like. MENTIONING that they're underrepresented
there was a bit earlier on w this hot gay dude who was Black as well - he ended up going home early bc of a heart condition - and he was talking about how hard it is in the industry as a Black man and a gay man and Christian was like
exactly and that's why it's important for you to stick it out bc you're such great rep for younger artists, and that's why I care about helping you succeed

and that's!!! such a conscious and AWARE understanding of his position in the industry and his privilege
especially when so many of the guys are repeatedly saying that gender doesn't matter whilst just constantly making misogynistic comments and obsessing over

how tattoos of women aren't pretty/feminine enough etc
the tattooers often talk about the "history of tattooing" but often only reference like, relatively recent history - and of course like, American Traditional is a fundamental style of tattooing that in recent history is ofc very important
I genuinely like a lot of the Western traditional styles (which are "traditional" as in. a century or two old lmao, the "tradition" is maw compared to the history of tattooing) but a lot of the tropes are obviously fuckin problems lmao
like i can't remember ever seeing a Native American artist on the show, or even a canvas, but every other episode I see a "Native skull" wearing a headdress or a pinup of a white women in a headdress, not to mention G*psy women, the overwhelming whiteness of pinups, etc
like I know that the tattoo industry as a whole IS a male-dominated industry and it IS a white-dominated industry became of the way that non-male and non-white artists are undercut and discriminated against, bc it's expensive to open shops, etc
and I know that reality TV has the same problems and just magnifies them, especially bc in "alternative" circles many white people use how alternative we are to indulge in an attitude of white victimhood, and while like
there's absolutely discussions to be had about disability + neurodivergence, addiction, sexuality and gender, class, and beauty standards (including anti-fatness and ableism but just in general) and how those encourage certain people ALREADY to alternative cultures/subcultures
but the problem is that none of that actually eliminates whiteness, and the fact is that as white people we're way more likely to be seen as quirky or strange or at worst, a little freaky, if we dress alternatively in like, goth or punk or heavily tattooed styles etc
whereas BIPOC, especially Black people and darker skinned POC, and more likely to be considered threats or treated as threats, which then comes with actual violence etc

and all these dynamics play out on ink master in microcosm repeatedly
like i genuinely like tattoos and I'm interested in tattoo history and culture, and I know that ink master is... far from an accurate reflection of most people's attitudes in MANY ways

but in others it's often. spot on
idk I regularly go back and watch seasons of ink master bc they do actually do stuff that I'm often surprised by in terms of it being... Good? ish? or better than some shows?

they're very understanding of addiction and mental illness compared to some shows
there is like that "oh push through" mentality that's ridiculous, but I often see men cry and be emotional, regularly contestants say, Oh I've dealt with depression or a mental break, I've dealt with addiction, alcoholism, etc
many of them have found a solace in tattooing bc the "mainstream" world was made unsafe for them BY neuroableism, caustic attitudes toward afflicts, poverty and homelessness, etc, and w tattooing like

apprenticeship is still how you learn
and I've got a lot of feelings about how moving away from apprenticeships and heavily limiting apprenticeship roles and hands on tutelage (not to mention unnecessary paperwork) has made many careers inaccessible to those who would excel at them and enjoy them most
and in episodes before they've done really good stuff - there was a challenge where they tattooed people w limb differences and were tattooing residual limbs, they've done ones where they give breast cancer survivors tattoos over mastectomy scars, etc
and it's still that reality TV show like, tragedy and/or inspo vibe, but the people were allowed to actually be PEOPLE, and they were shown on screen as three dimensional people with lives and not just like

background objects
like i still prefer "alternative" shows like this to the mainstream reality ones bc even tho I'm not actually into tattoo communities, it's a community and culture and am friendly with more than i understand like... idk love Island

but so much of this stuff is. SO OBVIOUS in it
twice in as many episodes it's white artists telling Black people that their skin is too hard to tattoo on

it's season 12, it came out in like 2018, how can you STILL fucking be like this
so for Ink Master s12, w the premise being to focus diversity in tattooing

of the female contestants, 7/9 were white, of the male contestants, 6/9 were white

by the time there were 9 contestants left, halfway through, the competition was ALL white

lmao wild I went back to S1 to compare

they start with 10 contestants - 6 are white men, 2 are Black men, 2 are white women

by the time they're down to 6 contestants, it's the 1 ww and 5 wm

by the time they're down to 4, it's all white men
i might do a chart or something when I watch all the way through bc there's other stuff in the first season, like how they body paint naked women and make way more sexualised comments etc
what's very notable too is how they edit one of the Black men, to be an antagonist in the first 2 episodes; with him gone they get one of the white woman to be the antagonist, the men doing talking heads saying how she's faking fatigue or pain
with her gone, they show what a pushover the remaining woman is, and until they get rid of her, they're repeatedly showing her as weak and the men talking about how much they dislike her in the talking heads
it's so interesting to watch bc like.

I'm interested if i chart this out how much of a pattern it is that the POC in general and the women go home like... by the halfway point, let alone just before the final, bc it's so tangible
i think there's been 2 white women winners of ink master and 1 Black man, of the top of my head? in 13 seasons

and I was very cognizant of that, but I don't think I've particularly noticed before how quickly the "minority" contestants are shut out of the competition
and again I'm so cognizant of that like. either they intentionally picked weaker artists to go up against white men, OR they were judged so much more harshly that they went home earlier - or a combination of both

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