Parents' Guide to

The Girls of Hedsor Hall

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

"Lady"-making reality series sends mixed messages.

TV MTV Reality TV 2009
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This Donald Trump-produced series offers conflicting messages about what society expects of women today. On one hand, it promotes the idea that young women can rise above "trashy" behavior and develop better self esteem while earning the respect of those around them. But this positive message is offset by the idea that in order to do so, women must conform to fairly sexist notions of how women should behave -- including wearing dresses and pearls and learning how to socialize "appropriately" with men.

In addition to these contradictions, the series features the kind of over-the-top behavior that viewers have come to expect from MTV reality competitions. The women are consistently shown yelling, cursing, and fighting with each other -- often after consuming large amounts of alcohol. And then there's the footage (shown mostly in early episodes) of the women getting arrested and engaging in inappropriate sexual behavior. In the end, while all the crazy behavior may provide voyeuristic pleasure for some, there's very little here to make The Girls of Hedsor Hall a constructive viewing experience.

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