Interesting how reality TV today seems to echo the fifteen-minute soap of the 50s. Women were definitely the target audience, mostly because they were the shoppers. They shopped for everyone in the house, so they were the direct lead to purchases. Funnily enough, publishers now tell authors they have to reach the female audience (they buy over 70% of books). Literally, if editors reading your manuscript deem it to be chauvanistic, it gets dumped. Today, chase producers fill live audience shows with women, repeating the cycle of the 50s. Their reactions determine content and personalities. Yet programming and personalities have never been so shallow. Is this to please women or provoke them? I can’t figure that out. Interesting take, anyway, Stephanie. Thanks for the post.

I did a poor imitation of Don Draper for 40 years before writing my first novel. I'm currently in the final stages of a children's book. Lucky me.

I did a poor imitation of Don Draper for 40 years before writing my first novel. I'm currently in the final stages of a children's book. Lucky me.