Catfish TV & The Male Vs Female Divide


During the FBL chat the other night we got chatting about Catfish TV, yeah we were not on topic and a thought occurred to me, there is a pattern in the way that people prepare to meet their potential internet love and its something I want to explore as a theme today.

For those of you that don’t know what Catfish TV is it is from MTV and Nev & Max host it. Catfish are people you meet online who turn out to be somebody pretending to be someone as a trick, the show builds on Nevs experience of his online love being a fraud and yet they became friends, Max records it. Together each week they go and meet a person who wants to find out if the person they have been talking to is real or a catfish. It can be either sometimes men pretending to be women, girls getting revenge on someone or in one case true love that led to a marriage proposal at the end of series round up.

The pattern is simple, any girls always make a huge effort when they get to meet the mystery person, catfish make no effort at all with their appearance and guys never bother either.Each week that features a girl trying to find out if Mr Perfect is real involves the inevitable scene of hair, make up and choosing an outfit, when a man is the featured person it is one of two looks, a t-shirt or a check shirt, even the occasions where we see a quasi-date the pattern is repeated.

So my question is this, do the women on the show feel that’s who they are, feel a need to dress for the occasion, or is it an expectation that is part of a patriarchal society that dictates that’s what they should do?

I have my thoughts but I’d like to know what you think, and yes I’m aware MTV is not the best place to study the human condition, or is it and reality TV has created a window that opens us up in ways that we would usually hide from the world.


About Ross Pollard

Since starting writing on my 31st birthday in 2011 I have held a number of positions at magazines and websites as well as regularly producing articles for numerous publications alongside contributing to TV & radio shows as a freelance fashion journalist including Hoxton Radio & Fashion One TV. Alongside writing, I have worked in other industries helping to design & grow digital platforms, develop businesses and support operations practices. This experience has proved invaluable in building an understanding of how businesses work, and the landscape in which retail, B2B commerce and other commercial operations develop. Knowledge of commercial interests has helped shape my fashion industry insights beyond critiquing of garments

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