Upcoming Celebrity Big Brother Will Be Women-Only in Tribute to 'Women's Suffrage'


One hundred years after women over the age of 30 were given the right to vote in England, Celebrity Big Brother will kick off its next season with a loving, respectful tribute to that milestone: by starting the show in January as a “man-free zone.”

According to the BBC, the upcoming season will start with a house full of women, in an attempt to “explore how the all-female housemates interact.” The men, who will eventually be part of the show, will be added dribble by dribble; there’s no final word on how many men will be in the show or how long this precious, women-only zone will exist. The purpose of the all-women start to a show about the surveillance state and celebrity is to “what happens when women hold the power.” Surely this is what suffragettes were thinking of when they envisioned a future state in which women had just as much power as men!

Aside from just living in the house and having their every moment filmed, the women will partake in a “series of entertaining tasks and hidden experiments which will test their—and our—assumptions, challenge gender stereotypes and reveal fascinating truths about what it is to be a woman—and man—in the 21st Century.” Is this a good idea? Sure! Is this a smart idea? Definitely. British reality TV has a delightfully smutty quality that we Americans have yet to recreate properly; I am absolutely sure that this show will be a beautiful nightmare.

Yes, feminism! Slay, empowerment! This is what a feminist looks like—a famous British woman agreeing to appear on Celebrity Big Brother in an attempt to interrogate what it really means to be a 21st century woman.

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