What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Alaskan Women Looking For Love is a reality doc featuring women trying their luck at finding male partners in Miami, Florida. It contains some strong sexual innuendo, including images of folks in skimpy bathing suits, pole dancing, and provocative touching. The vocab can get salty ( "damn," "ass," "bitch"; "bleeped" curses), and there's lots of smoking, drinking (beer, shots, cocktails, etc.), and drunken behavior, too. Guns and rifles are visible in Alaska; children are shown firing them at targets. Some of the distinctions made between the two geographic regions (and the people who live there) are sometimes stereotypical, too.
What's the story?
The reality series ALASKAN WOMEN LOOKING FOR LOVE features six women from Kodiak Island, Alaska, going to Florida to meet who they hope are the men of their dreams. Tired of dating what they describe as rough, rugged, bearded bear hunters and fishermen from the isolated region, 27-year old waitress Sabina, 29-year old single mom Heather, 32-year old welder Tina, 21-year old teacher Haley, and 22-year old Lacy, who helps run her father's charter fishing business, trade in their jackets, boots, and rifles in order to hunt for eligible bachelors in the Miami Beach area. Joining them in the search for life-changing relationships is 34-year old Jenny, a former pastor's wife whose recent divorce has her questioning the conservative values she's grown up with all her life. Enjoying the warm weather and sandy beaches while playing the dating game is fun, but for some of the women, the experience also proves to be overwhelming and, on occasion, disappointing.
Is it any good?
Alaskan Women highlights some of the interesting challenges these women face when trying to find partners and build long-lasting relationships in the remote Kodiak region, like not having a place to buy clothes, shoes, or other items, being unable to dress up due to the harsh weather, and not having any place to go out on a date. The fact that many of the men in the region are away for up to 10 months out of the year working fishing boats and other jobs is also an issue.
The show's appeal comes from the women's attempts to make the most of their time in the trendy Miami community. However, they often appear to justify their need for a man by reinforcing stereotypes about the residents of both Kodiak and Miami Beach. Some folks will find their efforts to be swept off their feet entertaining, but their overall antics seem a bit desperate.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the cultural differences in various parts of the United States. What kinds of things do you take for granted in your community that may be viewed as different by those who don't live there? How does the media highlight these differences? Is it possible to describe these differences without generalizing or being stereotypical?
Why would someone want to be on a reality show? What do the participants stand to gain or lose by being on this show?