In recent years the amount of reality television has greatly increased. At times women are portrayed in ways that can be construed as inappropriate. College students view these shows, and a perspective on women can be formed. Some women are portrayed as snobbish, while others are portrayed as promiscuous. Women who in the "real world" are highly successful are shown as controlling, while those who do not fit the schema are made to look unsuccessful. There is an underlying motion that you should do whatever it takes to become the ideal woman. These shows could cause both men and women to have false expectations of women and affect the way that women are viewed. It is known that TV reinforces sexism. TV leads people to believe that what they are watching is real (Gunter, 1982).
There are several generalized attitudes about women in reality TV. In earlier years of reality TV, women were viewed as passive, dependent, and weak. Women were younger and more attractive than the males. Sex symbols and less rational is also how they were portrayed. Although, there is a trend to be less bias, the women are still portrayed in these stereotypes (Zemach, 1986). The differences can be based on culture too. The way that viewers perceive women's values can be based on what they see on reality TV, as well. Also, the way that women perceive their relationships can be based on reality TV (Cherry, 2010).