Is Salvador Dali a French nudist, an Italian hairstylist or a Spanish surrealist? A television quiz show that portrays the ignorant answers of long-legged, skimpily clad female contestants to trivia questions is sparking an unprecedented outcry in traditionally patriarchal Georgia. Feminist activists see the debate over the show as limited progress toward gender equality in a country better known for its machismo.
The Dali question, which ultimately stumped two women models who recently appeared as contestants on “Women’s Logic”, illustrates the concerns. Unfamiliar with the meaning of “nudist” or “surrealist,” the models, after examining a photo of the mustachioed artist, chose “hair stylist” -- a word they both knew. “Now it’s trendy for men in the fashion business to have a moustache,” one model said, explaining her reasoning.
The weekly show’s male participants are not expected to give correct answers. Rather, they need to guess how the women with whom they are paired will respond to the questions -- or, as the show producers would put it, try to comprehend the world of “women’s logic.”
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Giorgi Lomsadze is a freelance journalist based in Tbilisi. He is a frequent contributor to Eurasianet's Tamada Tales blog.