Below Deck has shined a light on gender bias and sexism in the yachting industry. The Bravo show, which features the crew and guests traveling aboard a luxury yacht, dives into gender roles and stereotypes.
Typically a male-led industry, the series features a strong female captain in the spin-off Below Deck Mediterranean.The series also often includes a female on deck, plus a male second stew last year. Although Below Deck tries to break gender stereotypes, sailing is still a male world.
Captain Sandy Yawn from Below Deck Med told Marine Max that the industry needs more women on deck. “There aren’t a lot of women on deck,” she said.”I love the TV show because they put a lot of women on deck in front of millions of viewers. My passion is grabbing these young women and saying, ‘You’d make a great chef’ or ‘You’d make a great captain’. In my industry, the shortage of crew is a major problem. That’s where my passion is. We want more female skippers, but we also want more female captains. ”
Some men think women bring more drama
This season of Below Deck, the male-dominated deck team and male chef appear to be stirring the pot far more than the women. It started with chef Kevin Dobson’s insistence that chief stew Kate Chastain didn’t do her job. But when deck hand Rhylee Gerber joined the breeding team, bosun Ashton Pienaar didn’t really give her a warm welcome. Gerber told Showbiz Cheat Sheet Pienaar had a grudge against her from last season. As a result, he turned the men against her almost immediately.
However, a viewer suggested that the show should abandon hiring women and instead go with an all-male team instead. “How about an all Male crew? I gave up hiring women.Put two together for drama. I stopped hiring women years ago and everything is great, no drama,’ he tweeted to Captain Lee Rosbach, who is in charge this season.
‘Below Deck’: Gender bias continues to be a problem
However, Yawn picked up the remark and responded. “And who says #genderbias isn’t real?!? #TheFutureisFemale#womenempowerment.” This led to others wonder why someone would make the comment. One person came back with the suggestion that the show should hire all the women instead. “Or how about an all-female crew? I watch the show all the time and I’ve seen the female deckhands do as much as the men smh. “
But Yawn’s point was that a captain should hire the right person for the job and not base hiring decisions on gender. “If they are the best for the job, then yes, bring it on!” she responded. Also,A 2017 study by BI Norwegian Business School found that female leaders outperformed men in four of the five categories they rated, reports YPI. Female leadership gaps can be found in more than just sailing. But unfortunately, women in management positions earn less money. Moreover, they do not achieve the same prestige and leadership as their male counterparts.
Gerber told Showbiz Cheat Sheet in February that even though she was just as strong as the men on deck, they hardly ever utilized her talents. “My direct thoughts during filming weren’t that they treat me differently because I’m a woman,” she said. “But then I did notice that after Tyler came, there might be something going on. I have muscles, I’m strong. I mean, I lift bigger fish than these jackasses and they don’t really use me. “