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'Jeopardy!' category 'What Women Want' draws fire with answers like 'vacuum cleaners'

"Jeopardy!" may be considered one of the smartest shows on television, but even smart shows can make a boneheaded decision or two. 

Take Monday's edition of the Alex Trebek-hosted game show, whose category "What Women Want" has touched off a social media firestorm.

"What Women Want" isn't a bad idea for a category, actually, but the "answers" proved incendiary when they indicated ladies largely desire jeans, exercise and vacuum cleaners.

Twitter users (including "Chicago P.D." actress Sophia Bush) jumped all over the category:

.@Jeopardy?+For+a+"smart"+show,+you+just+got+srsly+stupid+RT+@DJRumspringa:+ARE+YOU+SERIOUS+@Jeopardy??+pic.twitter.com/LEZcSw8K5A+#SexismIsUgly

—+Sophia+Bush+(@SophiaBush)+September+29,+2014+

Q:+This+television+program+still+thinks+the+year+is+1955.+A:+What+is+#Jeopardy?+#WhatWomenWant+http://t.co/hzxEqIGI4h

—+Jenn+George+(@jenncaligiuri)+September+30,+2014+

#whatwomenwant+What+is+equal+pay?+What+is+the+right+to+make+my+own+health+decisions?+What+is+treated+like+a+human?+@Jeopardy+@SophiaBush

—+Andrea+Davis+(@MissAndreaDavis)+September+30,+2014+

Sounds like what women (and some men) really want is a do-over.

This isn't the first time the venerable game show has come under criticism for the way it's handled women, either as category topics or as contestants. A March article on Salon noted that Trebek seems a little tone-deaf to women's success on the show, while in 2013 the same publication suggested that the category answers trend toward featuring men (except for ones like "Someone's In the Kitchen"). 

A "Jeopardy!" rep told TODAY they had "no comment at this time."

But there is a small glimmer of light: (Spoiler alert!) A woman, Elisa Korn, was the big winner on Monday.

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