Women Strip, Men Judge Their Bodies on Danish TV Show

The male gaze will be televised

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Thomas Blachman, creator of the new Danish TV show Blachman, during an X-Factor press conference on March 12, 2012

A woman stands naked in a room under a harsh spotlight. She’s not allowed to speak, but must stand quietly while two men sit on the couch and assess her physical attributes as a camera zooms in and out on the body parts they are discussing. Sounds like a nightmare, but it’s actually a show on Danish television.

The show, Blachman, was named after its creator, Thomas Blachman, who is the Danish version of Simon Cowell, according to the Telegraph, as well as an award-winning jazz musician and judge on the local edition of The X Factor. Blachman purportedly created the show to get “men discussing the aesthetics of a female body without allowing the conversation to become pornographic or politically correct.” To foster such conversation, a series of women are invited on air to strip and be judged by Blachman and a male guest. The women featured on the program are of all shapes, ages and sizes, ranging from a 40-something teacher to an 85-year-old.

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The show, which airs on Denmark’s publicly funded television station, DR2, was met with widespread outrage from residents and was met with across-the-board criticism from local media outlets, including calls for the show to be canceled outright. Author Knud Romer called the show “a claustrophobic strip club which only serves to cement classic concepts of male dominance.” The outcry on Twitter and Facebook has been fast and furious as well.

Blachman doesn’t understand the criticism. He called those who don’t understand his genius “ungrateful,” and insisted that he is merely attempting to “stir discussion.” His producer, Sofia Fromberg, agrees with him. Fromberg, who works for DR2, seems to view the show as living up to Blachman’s vision of fomenting conversation, telling the Telegraph, “I am representing DR2, which is a society channel. Our main focus is what’s going on in society and we debate it.” She commented, “Here we have a program that reveals what men think about the female body. Quite honestly, what is wrong with that?”

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55 comments
jimwentz1
jimwentz1

The women are volunteering to do this, they are not being coerced or forced to appear on the show. Note to website: this story is no good without photos of the subjects!

BobSheepleherder
BobSheepleherder

If these women WANT to present themselves as objects, who's to say that's wrong?

raincainsix2six
raincainsix2six

Women should have their vocal cords removed at the onset of puberty.

ViewFromMyWindow
ViewFromMyWindow

I'm really glad that I was able to grow up while there was still such a thing as feminine mystique.  I have no particular moral position about all the nudity these days, and it's not that the women are perverted or anything like that.  They've just become boring, that's all -  and that's much worse in my opinion.

SeanKurth
SeanKurth

Pics or it didn't happen... :)

cjh2nd
cjh2nd

have any of the morons on here complaining about this being sexist stopped, even for a minute, to take into consideration the fact that these women are exercising free will by choosing to be on this show? no one has forced them to do it. its a conscious choice. you think it's perverted but guess what, these women are entitled to their own opinion as well, and apparently they disagree with you.  maybe they think it's fun, they like the attention, or find it to be some sort of empowerment thing, but whatever the reason, it's their personal choice

BillyBatts
BillyBatts

I've got to get this channel....

kuei12
kuei12

The best part of this show is that I found the link in Time Newsfeed "We Recommend" section. I would also recommend this show. As would most men and attractive women.

rochellecleaver
rochellecleaver

If that's all men think of women is the shape of their bodies, men are missing almost everything women are about.  These are the same men who created women as barbie dolls.

giantsloar
giantsloar

I'm not sure what the point of this show is, but if it was fair they would have women judging men's naked bodies.

buffalo.barnes102
buffalo.barnes102

Kind of like American television only we don't get the nudity. It always cracks me up when they show a couple in bed (Gasp!) and the woman has the sheet tucked tightly in in her armpits. In 66 years as a man I have never seen a woman do this.

Palerider1957
Palerider1957

Oh, it's terrible! Judging women on their beauty. How sexist! How Neanderthal.
Now, can we please get back to the Miss Teen USA, Miss Black Teen USA, Miss USA, Miss America and last but not least, Miss Universe pageants. They are starting the Swimsuit portions.


suttonhu
suttonhu

If you had to live in the flat, windy Denmark, you would watch a senior strip show too.

perisoft
perisoft

So, uh, something is rotten in the state of Denmark, eh?

TimLiao
TimLiao

Thanks Danes for making us Americans look like Choir Boys

MonisKamal
MonisKamal

This world is going to end soon.

These acts wd have never happened even in the old stone age.

The 'so-called' civilised world is indeed too civilised to be commented upon. Sometimes they ridicule religions also and consider it as their freedom to express. 

People of such mentality are making this world rot and they will certainly feel the taste of their wrongdoings either in their present lives or thereafter. 

LoneTruth
LoneTruth

1. I demand to see videos of said show. Else, this story is just made-up and didn't happen.

2. Why are women lining up to be in this show? Please channel your outrage at THEM. And also, Capitalism (I am assuming these women are getting something in return, be it potential fame or whatever). Point is, there is Supply and Demand. Direct your outrage at the right people.

3. That said, whoever thought up this show should be given a bonus (percentage of advertising profits), then fired and blacklisted. That would only be fair.

FrankBlank
FrankBlank

Utter perversion and moral horror.  BTW, where, as the man asked, are the pics?

YehudaElyada
YehudaElyada

That what happens when society values the freedom of the media (to attract commercial rating) higher than the constrains of moral behavior (not to abuse the stupidity of certain weak characters). I wouldn't object to "natural" setting for his PC free program - if this guy was conducting the discussion while exhibiting the genius of his bare flesh too. But no, this would be totally unacceptable, ugly and embarrassing. To wit, cloths were invented by aging Alpha males to cover their unimpressive private organs when challenged by younger competitors. Now even Zeta males insist on covering their bodies from neck to sole - while pretending it's an intellectual enterprise to make women strip in front of a TV camera.    

naijachux
naijachux

Pretty dumb show IMHO... Who cares what you think about a ladies body? And if it absolutely necessary to discuss the female body there are better ways!

powerbabei
powerbabei

And by the way, who gives a %&$# what men think about the female body?  I mean, seriously?  For most women the only man whose opinion even begins to matter is the man they're with, not some self entitled, self important, misogynistic stranger that you don't give a %$#! about!  That's a fact!


ProotChoda
ProotChoda

Utter perversion. Just to "forment discussion"??!  It promotes perversion, and yes, like JoshuaAllen's comment, "enervating and eviscerating women's self-esteem."! Sick! This is no genius at all: it is stupid, misogynistic, and chauvinistic! If he wants to "forment discussion" on the aesthetics of the female anatomy, then he should  make it equal: get men to strip and invite female judges to discuss the male's body parts as well! This Blachman guy is making a fool out of many people!

kuei12
kuei12

@rochellecleaver ....Missing what? Makeup, tanning beds, fake breasts, fake fingernails, fake hair, fake eye lashes and fake personalities? I think it's a good idea to put these women under the spotlight so you can try to find something real.

kuei12
kuei12

@giantsloar ...How long has it been since there was ANY point in an american tv show?

Hadrewsky
Hadrewsky

@MonisKamal 

People in the time of your rotten bible would stone people to death or pour molten lead down their throats...The religious are easily the group we need fewer of.

swagger
swagger

@LoneTruth did you ever happen to notice how many beautiful young women pose for nude and semi nude pictures posted online?  i would think by their smiling faces they are not being coerced and i don't think most getting paid a pittance if anything are doing it for money.  i am probably wrong but maybe there's a thinking that it is liberating to not be out of date about sex and nudity.  maybe they are vain or flaunting their bodies realizing that the bloom in its prime does soon wither away and they'd like to have a remembrance of their best years.  or maybe it's a competition for the attention of men and a confrontation against other women.  i'm sure someone could articulate the reasons better than me, but i think this danish how is nothing compared to the absurdity of japanese television.

gibranparis
gibranparis

so clothes arent for warmth....? or do you want to continue to believe in some tall tale story

swagger
swagger

@RobertAllen it said the women were between 40 and 85.  you really want to see that?

cjh2nd
cjh2nd

@ProotChoda  

you're acting like men are forcing women onto this show. women are exercising their free will by CHOOSING to be on the show. your ignorance is impressive

Dan60093
Dan60093

@ProotChoda I completely agree. Anyone wanting to see a 40 year old woman naked is definitely perverted.

DeweySayenoff
DeweySayenoff

@kuei12 @rochellecleaver And Kueil12 proves the point Rochelle was making by totally objectifying women when he describes nothing but external physical features.

Apparently, much like the producer of this show, he's never actually talked WITH a woman before.  You never find anything "real" by LOOKING AT SOMEONE.  You find it by getting to know them.  Appearances change all the time and are the least reliable ways of finding anything "real" possible.


Which undoubtedly explains why Kueil12's still single and unattached.

BrandiArmstrong
BrandiArmstrong

@kuei12 @giantsloar Try reading the headline much? (I realize that might be asking a bit much for you). And you my friend are a dumb ass, we have many great t.v. shows. Sorry if your IQ or psych ward nurse won't allow you to change the channel on the t.v.. 

iqbalkhanksa
iqbalkhanksa

If u think It is a good show, watch while sitting beside ur mothers and ur daughters!!!!!!!!!!!

YehudaElyada
YehudaElyada

@gibranparis No, clothes were invented in warm climate and in these places they are used solely to cover the sex organs and mainly of old Alpha males who are challenged by the well built bodies of young aspiring future Alphas. Clothes are status symbols as every woman will confirm. If its not too cold in the studio for the females to get naked, than warmth is not a excuse for to male spectators to stay fully dressed.  

EyeKantSpeell
EyeKantSpeell

There are still some pretty hot MILF's in their 40's!!.....but I too would still like to be the "judge" of that. :)

BrandiArmstrong
BrandiArmstrong

@cjh2nd @ProotChoda This is where you are wrong. There are always people with personal issues that will do almost anything for attention; both male and female. The difference is that there is an audience for the show featuring women. Very few women would turn in weekly to watch a man strip. This fact is proven by relation to male/female in the porn industry. If their was an audience for it, they would produce it.  

cjh2nd
cjh2nd

@YehudaElyada@gibranparis

you're acting like men are forcing women onto this show. women are exercising their free will by CHOOSING to be on the show. your ignorance is impressive