Some of my favorite TV shows are the Food Network competitions shows like Chopped and Next Food Network Star. I’ve noticed that I have a sexist streak in me while watching these shows. In the very beginning of the shows, I always support the woman (or one of the women) in the competition. As we learn more about the contestants, my opinion may change, but at the beginning, I always pull for the woman. And it doesn’t matter the race – I pretty much don’t care what ethnicity the person is.
I don’t know where this comes from. I have rarely been the object of sexism, even in medical school, residency, and ten years of medical practice. I guess it’s probably because I feel something in common with other women. On Next Food Network Star, I started out rooting for Melissa partly because she’s also a stay-at-home mom but I stayed with her because I enjoyed watching her and she’s super-smart about cooking.
So I’m sexist.