…is a bit of a strange one.
The Bachelor/Bachelorette is my most guilty pleasure as far as TV shows go.
I find that most people either love it or hate it. I have never taken it too seriously, so I just love it, 100%. My favourite part is analysing the shit out of it; how bad the product placement is, how staged everything is and how they are completely manipulating the contestants and society with what they choose to show.
Okay, I realise that last comment sounds like I’m contradicting myself, but I meant what I said about me not taking it seriously. Analysing everything just makes it even more entertaining.
The fact that the show chooses to show individuals who represent the ideological gender stereotypes is so obvious, that you can’t even take it seriously. However, since it is still categorised as ‘reality television’, it can have a negative impact on a more naive audience who believes this is an accurate representation of the average male and female.
With a very limited racial diversity and only including heterosexual individuals, the program excludes demographics that deviate from the show’s standards. Also, within their selection of heterosexual females and single male, their qualities, aspirations and physical appearance fit into traditional expectations. The women are always presented with their hair and makeup done and of course they always need to be more reserved and ‘romantic’ to be taken seriously, otherwise they’re just portrayed as the silly or villainous contestant.
This is to be expected though, right?
I don’t really know if it’s right to keep airing these shows. I’m certain most people recognise how over the top it is, but subconsciously, it must still be playing a role in validating these gender stereotypes in society. With a traditional portrayal of genders on a TV show, it is a safe route to gaining views because it doesn’t challenge society’s expectations.
Personally, I don’t care because I know it’s all for entertainment purposes and I understand how staged most of it is.
Anyway, I am literally ending this blog post now to go watch last night’s episode of The Bachelor which I missed.
Leave thoughts below. I love talking about The Bachelor (in case you didn’t realise).