Sunday, March 8, 2015

A Two-Women Job?

The Bachelor and The Bachelorette are easily two of the most popular reality shows in America today and while they are entertaining, they say a lot about America and what it values. We have already discussed in class how it has little diversity with the exception of a few TV "tokens" which consist of one or two non-white members in a cast of 30 contestants and the potential overweight contestant thrown in every once in awhile. However, diversity is not the only problem about this show - it also extremely objectifies women, especially with the new system of The Bachelorette that premieres in the spring.

Typically, The Bachelorette features one, single bachelorette who is seen as the "star" of the show. On the first night, she is greeted by 25-30 men vying for her heart. If she sees potential with a man, she will keep him on the show; however, if she does not see a future with him, she will eliminate him.

This season of The Bachelorette, that will all change. There will be two bachelorettes, Kaitlyn Bristowe and Britt Nilsson. The first night, they both will meet the men vying for their hearts and then men will choose, after seeing them, who they want to be the next bachelorette.

This new system is incredibly flawed in the way it portrays women, a theme already prominent in America today. A season of The Bachelor just wrapped up, in which there was only one bachelor. The bachelor, Chris Soules, was already guaranteed to be the bachelor; therefore, he did not have to "compete" with anyone to be it. Neither Britt or Kaitlyn are guaranteed to be the official bachelorette... the show is making these two women go against each other. 

Additionally, the bachelorette will be chosen on the first night, when the men have not yet gotten to know either Kaitlyn or Britt. Therefore, the next bachelorette will be chosen solely on their appearance, for they will know little about their personalities if they have not even known them for 24 hours. This objectifies women and presents them with an opportunity only if they are seen as "prettier" and "hotter" than the other.

To what extent does this new "Bachelorette" system represent America today, especially in regards to women?

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