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Jeopardy's 'What Women Want' category slammed as sexist

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 A contentious category on Monday night's episode of Jeopardy has thousands speaking out against sexism on Twitter. (Screenshot via Mashable)

What do women want? A lot of things, to be certain -- but vacuum cleaners don't exactly top the list according to thousands of people who spoke out against a contentious female-centric Jeopardy category this week on Twitter.

The long-running TV game show came under immediate fire on Monday when it revealed the questions (er, answers) for a category called "What Women Want."

Included among the correct responses for this category were things like a well-fitting pair of Levi's jeans, a cup of Sleepytime tea, pilates classes and, yes, a Bissell bagless vaccum cleaner.

Screenshots of each answer were captured by Mashable's Neka Prakash, who writes, "The answers to the questionable clues implied that the only things women want in life are a pair of jeans and husbands to help with the vacuuming. It was like we were tuning into a replay of an episode from the 1950s." 

whatwomenwant2.jpg(The correct response: Levi's)

whatwomenwant3.jpg(The correct response: The crossword puzzle.)

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(The correct response: A vacuum)

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(The correct response: Sleepytime tea)

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(The correct response: Pilates.)

Gobsmacked by what many online are calling a blatant display of sexism, viewers started hurling angry tweets Jeopardy's direction while the controversial episode was still in progress.

Actress and activist Sophia Bush drew further attention to the controversy by retweeting a screenshot from the episode to her 1.3 million followers, writing ".@Jeopardy? For a 'smart' show, you just got srsly stupid."



Thousands more on Twitter have slammed the category as sexist in recent days using the hashtag #whatwomenwant to tell Jeopardy's producers what female viewers of the show actually desire. 


This is not the first time Jeopardy has been criticized for its views regarding women on the show

In February, the show's Canadian host Alex Trebek famously told FOX News that women are less likely to win the game show than men. 

"Women contestants, when it comes to a Daily Double, seem to want to wager [less] because they figure, 'Oh, this is the household money, this is the grocery money, the rent money,'" Trebek said. "Guys say, 'Wait a minute, I'm playing with the house money. I'm not taking any money home unless I win the game, so I can go whole hog on this wager.' Women are more cautious in that regard." 

Jeopardy has yet to respond to the Monday's controversial episode despite continued outcry among viewers of the show and women's rights supporters online. 

As Bustle's Lucia Peter's noted Tuesday, "Many women do, in fact, enjoy a good pair of Levi's and Sleepytime tea. So do many men, for that matter -- as do all people, no matter where they rest on the gender spectrum. Which brings us to the point: Jeopardy writers? You should know better than to try to make sweeping generalizations about any sizeable population. Not cool -- and, in fact, as harmful as it is insulting." 

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