“Women fight differently and will use power differently to men. When you watch women in conflict there’s a lot of subtlety and a lot more social manipulation. Women use other women’s vulnerable attributes against them.”
When you read this dissection of exactly why we are all perhaps so invested in the drama of reality TV, something not only rings true, it sits a bit…uncomfortably.
Why the hell would we enjoy watching other women be socially manipulated? Are we bad people for sitting back with our popcorn as Martha poured wine on Cyrell’s head last night in a spectacular crescendo to what has been an entire Married At First Sight season based around… women fighting other women?
As psychologist at The Relationship Room Rachel Voysey tells The Quicky, there is in fact a reason we are so glued to the screen.
Listen to the full chat on The Quicky. Post continues after podcast.
“There’s this fascination to watch other women in conflict, because we feel that helps us understand better what we have experienced in our past.
“Most women have experienced conflict from other women, and it’s often hard to make sense of. So watching it in other women helps us understand our own experience.
“Sometimes it helps us process past negative experiences. It’s like a group therapy experience of watching other women to help us process our own past,” she explained.