Get Your Tits Out For The Ghosts

I suppose that if you’re the kind of person who thinks ghosts are real it is also sort-of logical that male ghosts still objectify women (both dead or alive). In fact, we know for sure that men who are  alive objectify the ghosts of women, so why wouldn’t male ghosts be the same? Right…?

This is the premise of a paranormal television show from Devil Dog Film & Movie Productions who have recently put out a casting call for provocatively-dressed ghost hunters. In their ad, they say that they are: ‘[s]eeking female models, body builders, runners, and more. This is a new twist on paranormal investigating with an all female, five crew member paranormal investigation team … The premise is to see how the male spirits react to the all-female team; all investigations will be in areas where a lot of male’s[sic] have passed on, like wars etc. Must be willing to dress provocative[sic] for the TV show to enhance spiritual activity at times … time to try a new twist.’

Yeaaaah… “to enhance spiritual activity”. Nice try.

I’m going to just cut to the chase and point out how incredibly sexist this is. The producers are treating women as though they are objects which can be used to lure out ghosts which is pretty gross. But they’re also reducing the dead men to animals who can’t resist a bit of flesh when it’s on show. It’s the same arguments we hear from people who blame rape victims for their assault – “what were you wearing?” and f*** that noise.

We know that women have more to contribute to the field of paranormal research than that. I mean, women have more to contribute to our understanding of paranormal phenomena than just being on a TV show, but that’s a different conversation. The producers aren’t even looking for people with research experience. They want athletes and body builders whose looks will give them a better chance of being cast than any investigative experience they may have so we can be certain that the “investigations” won’t actually produce anything substantial. They probably won’t be much different that the other ghost hunting TV shows who scrape the barrel for evidence of ghosts. Style over substance – or “feels over reals” as Rob Lea described it during a recent episode of The Spooktator.

Devil Dog productions also state that ‘[a]fter the Pilot- you will be investigating all of the Paranormal like- Bigfoot- Aliens, any and all.’ I’m not exactly sure how having female bodies on display will attract Bigfoot (is bigfoot attracted to female humans?), or aliens. One of the most famous ET eye-witnesses was Betty Hill and she dressed pretty conservatively. This makes me think that Devil Dog productions don’t actually want boobs on display so that the ghosts, aliens and monsters can see them. Guys… I think it might be so that living men can see them. I think that when they talk about ‘enhancing spiritual activity’ they might be using code words for their dicks.

Am I being too cynical here? Have I been doing ghost investigation wrong the whole time? Am I being hindered by my bra?!

Joking aside, the stereotypes that we see at play on paranormal television shows border on ridiculous. They venture into the gender tropes of the big, strong men and the spiritually woke woman (this is literally the cast of the television show Paranormal Lockdown). These shows also rely on racial tropes – for example, a show with an all-black cast is called Ghosts Bros. But now it isn’t enough for the women ghost hunters to be sympathetic and spiritual. Now they have to be sexy too. It isn’t enough that you can see bras through cotton shirts on IR night vision camcorders – now we have to get rid of the bras because a ghost might find it sexy enough to make some (totally debunked) spirit orbs appear.

We shouldn’t be surprised, though. Producers of ghost hunting television shows are always trying to think of new concepts but they never seem to consider producing an actual scientific investigation because for as long as people buy these presentations of what a ghost hunter should look like and what equipment they should use, and for as long as men dress up like the dudes from Ghost Adventures and women act as though they’re Amy Bruni who just understands ghosts the show producers will keep producing this sort of content. However, if they consider sending Zak Bagans into a penitentiary in a posing pouch and ghost hunters start copying that, I swear I’ll quit because there’s a line and it needs to be respected, god damn it!

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Hayley Stevens

Hayley is a ghost geek and started to blog in 2007. She uses scientific scepticism to investigate weird stuff and writes about it here while also speaking publicly about how to hunt ghosts as a skeptic.

5 thoughts on “Get Your Tits Out For The Ghosts”

  1. This is typical of television in general, but what makes this most egregious is the use of phrases like “Enhanced spiritual activity”. The idea that ghosts, if they were real, would be drawn to sexy women is ridiculous. What about female ghosts? Don’t they want to see some flesh and blood dicks? And don’t get me started on all the fun they could have with psychic cold spots and nipples.

    What is needed is real science based investigations using female scientists. Sadly, science doesn’t sell without pretty pictures of galaxies or cute penguins or exploding volcanos. Since there really isn’t much to look at in a real ghost investigation, tits and ass will have to do. Ugh!

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