The same reality show creators behind Miss Advised, the program which deigned to put Julia Allison on television as a "dating authority," is currently casting ladies enrolled in grad school who are looking for that "Mrs." degree as well as an MD, PhD or MBA.
Jezebel was alerted by a tipster to a casting call on Craiglist posted in that educatinoal mecca of Gainesville, Florida. It claims the producers are from Bravo’s Miss Advised and ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and are working with High School Musical star Ashley Tisdale’s production company, Blonde Girl Productions.
To whit, per Craiglist:
Looking for Love on Campus?? Calling all graduate degree-bound women looking for "Mr. Right" in college!
Are you getting your masters degree in hopes of finding the man of your dreams? Have you always set your sights on getting married in school or soon after? If you are in the process of getting your MBA, PhD, JD or any other graduate degree, and you hope to find the perfect man in the process, we are looking to speak with you about an exciting new TV show.
The creators of ABC’s "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" and Bravo’s "Miss Advised" are partnering with Ashley Tisdale’s Blondie Girl Productions to cast for an exciting new docu-reality series on a major cable network. The show will focus on bright young women who are proud to be educating themselves while working towards their most important career goal yet … becoming a wife!
We want those blossoming, vibrant women to stand up and speak out about their journey to receive not only the degree of their choice, but to find the husband of their choice! We are looking to document these amazing women on the adventure of their lives pursuing their MRS. Degree!
Is marriage your ultimate goal? Have you met the man of your dreams in grad school? Or have you fallen in love with a career path? We want to hear your story. If interested in learning more information about the show, please email us your name, age, graduate program and all about your current journey at GraduateLoveCasting@rrstaff.com or call 323-860-6778.
Ooof. I know this is the point where, as a feminist, I’m supposed to rant and rave about bloody offensive it is to suggest a young woman’s "most important career goal" is "becoming a wife." And I most certainly could go on for pages and pages about its offensiveness. (And also inaccuracy: marriage does not, by definition, have a lot of bearing on one’s career "goals," unless you are gunning to be one half of a power couple.) And I could/would use words like "backlash" and "regressive" to describe this reality TV show. How else would you describe a program exploiting the fact women’s educational accomplishments now surpass those of men to remind us all that what society really cares about is being a good little June Cleaver? Reality show producers must be thrilled the feminist movement has given them so much material to work with.
But instead? Honestly? All I’m going to say is that this doesn’t even sound interesting. It sounds like a trumped up version of what those of us who are economically privileged enough to pursue higher education are doing in real life. In our 20s and 30s, we are going to school and looking for love. Yes, it’s true! Some of want education, careers and marriage. Kids, too, even! It’s 2012 — they are not mutually exclusive. Whether you’re a man or a woman, you probably have a dozen female friends who are pursuing degrees while dating. They are not necessarily gunning for the "Mrs. degree" on purpose, but would certainly like that to happen down the line. You can listen to your friends complain about this in wine bars RIGHT THIS VERY MOMENT if you want. Wanting to get married isn’t something to be ashamed of, not even if you’ve got a couple of degrees. #sorryfeminists
So in that sense, it is "reality." But it’s only going to be offensive the way that the show is positioned — women who are going to die alone with their cats because they are so ambitious and well-educated can’t find love! So if you’re in one of the 20 cities were casting notices have supposedly been posted on Craiglist, stay the fuck away. (Unless you need the money to pay off your student loans and/or future wedding debt. That shit is no joke.)
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