There’s a new show on the Discovery channel called Bering Sea Gold. It’s one of those reality TV shows that show blue collar men working in remote regions of the world. In this case, it’s about men from Nome, Alaska who are mining the seafloor of the Bering Sea for gold.
I’m not that interested in that type of show, but I usually like to catch an episode or two of these shows to confirm a theory I have about them. That theory is that there will never be more than one woman who is a regular on this kind of TV show. The reason for that is because when there’s real (and hard) work to be done, women are nowhere to be found. It’s men who get real work done. Sometimes, you will see one woman on this type of show, but no more because she’s the token chick. This is probably because the producers didn’t want to feature men exclusively.
My theory held with Bering Sea Gold. There’s only one woman who is mining gold, and she clearly is the token chick. This chick is trying to earn money so she can pay to get a Masters degree in opera in Europe. Apparently, she thought gold mining would be a good way to get cash. Her main purpose seems to be showing cleavage to the camera (which she has done a few times) and screwing up. To mine gold from the seafloor or the Bering Sea someone dives down from their boat and takes a massive vacuum to suck the top of the seafloor into a machine that sorts the gold from the dirt. This works because the gold is in tiny pieces and on the top of the seafloor due to various natural processes. The first time the token chick dived down, she wasn’t careful, and her arm got sucked into the vacuum. She was able to get her arm out and was fine, but right before it happened anyone watching could tell she wasn’t being careful and was going to get her arm sucked into the vacuum. Later she said that she is absent minded and not very safety conscious. In other words, she an a direct encounter with reality that slapped her in the face. The gold mining boat she is on is just her and the captain/owner of the boat. The captain even said that her contribution to his gold mining operation was pretty minimal.
Beyond the token chick, there were some very interesting metaphors in this show. The captain/owner of the boat that the token chick works on seems like a he could be a MGHOW. At one point he talked about how he doesn’t have a girlfriend (the token chick isn’t his girlfriend and there is nothing going on between them at all), and how gold is really his girlfriend right now. He also does things like live in a Mongolian yurt on the beach, etc. Given the size of his boat and mining operation, he is also the one making the most money so far. (There is a boat that is making more money than him, but it’s much bigger and has more overhead so this guy is coming out ahead so far.) Of course the token chick is working for the possible MGHOW. He has the gold (literally) while everyone else is tapped out.
On one of the other boats, the captain of that boat owes a lot in child support payments. He has talked about how if he doesn’t get some money to pay child support, he’s going to jail. In other words, he is practically mining gold to hand over to his ex-wife and her increasing demands. That’s a real good metaphor for the feminist anti-family court system.
Even in Nome, Alaska, you can’t get away from feminism.