Here's how she described it:
It's “The Island Project” and basically it’s a show about what would happen if women rather than men ruled the society. It’s totally an amazing opportunity. It’s an all expenses paid (literally EVERYTHING) and you get $20,000 just for participating. I still can't get over that one. We’re looking for smart, articulate, well-educated women who fully believe that a woman can do anything a man can do…except better! It shoots in November. The requirements are as follows:
- Must be 25-35 years of age.
- Must have a dynamic personality, be overtly confidant, and hot.
- Must be single (as in no significant other, legal or otherwise). Although this isn’t a dating show.
While I couldn't imagine skipping out on my job for a month and pursuing such a thing, naturally I was intrigued. So I emailed her back to find out what this was all about, but never heard anything in return. And I forgot all about it.
Variety reports that Fox is bringing When Women Rule the World to its network this Spring. From the release:
"You take 12 attractive women who feel like it's still a man's world and who think they've hit a glass ceiling, and you give them their own society to run. Then you take 12 macho, chauvinistic guys who also think men rule the world and see how they survive in a world where they're literally manservants. ... They'll have to obey every command from the women. Last manservant standing will win a quarter of a million dollars."
So...the women (who have to live in the same contestant-built lodging as the men for the duration of this experiment) get $20K and the winning man gets $1 million? And the women are ruling this world?
The creators claim that a desire to turn the tables might be a motivating factor in the women's decision to appear on the show, even without the promise of big money. I have to think the chance to be on television is the real motivator here.
It's also billed as a "social experiment" to test "social mores" and see if women will "be able to create a great society, or end up fighting with each other." It's certainly an experiment, but given that the only requirements are youth, attractiveness, and being unnattached, it's hardly a true battle of the sexes (wouldn't Forbes' 100 Most Powerful Women be somewhere at the top?!).
God help the women who ended up in the casting call, because I have a bad feeling they are going to look foolish on this show. I'm flattered for the consideration, but think I'll hold out for the Forbes call :)