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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Police Women of Cincinnati

I’ve been pondering how I feel about this show A) as a somewhat-feminist, and B) as a woman, and C) as native of Cincinnati.

Oh Hell.

I have to admit that the show is entertaining. John and I have been known to watch it. And it is sort of amusing to see these locations on the small screen and know exactly where they are showing/ talking about. And then it sinks in. That there are others out there who have never been here to Cincy and have no idea that the areas they are showing are our inner city, and this is not the whole of my hometown. Can they not just show a few traffic stops in some of the nice areas just so the rest of the world can know that they exist. So there’s that- the sheer embarrassment.

And then I am full of girl pride for some killer women out there handling business. Go, girls.

But really? Really really? If these officers were men, they wouldn’t have their own show. Well, there’s Cops, but they include both male and female officers. Does TLC’s making a show about women officers mean that it is an extraordinary thing? That this is abnormal? I mean, I’m not trying to belittle the bravery of any law enforcement—male or female—who put their butts on the line to keep us safe. I could not imagine a job where I had to strap on kevlar to start my workday. But why the big distinction between man and woman if we are equal in the workplace?

So I don’t know how I feel about this show. I’ll just have to keep watching until I figure it out.

thumbnailImage: Officer Colleen,, of TLC’s Police Women of Cincinnati, getting ready to kick some ass and take some names.


  1. I actually have never seen it. I think it sounds cool. I have never been to Cincie either. . .

    I have to admit though. . .My first thought upon seeing the above officer was "Oh. Cincinatti has sexy women cops, not Janet-Reno-Dykie-Cops. Ergo, they get a show."

    Cyncial. Can't help it.

  2. Nope. There are the other type as well. But they don't film well, apparently.
    I'm right there with ya.