I've been watching the past two or three seasons of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette with my sister. It's fun to watch it with a glass of wine (or several) and laugh over it while trying to ignore its more outdated, sexist tropes.
Unfortunately, last night's surprise announcement after The Bachelor Season 15 finale was so ridiculously sexist and unfair that it's impossible to ignore. Apparently there will be not one, but two Bachelorettes next season: Kaitlyn and Britt. Instead of one woman having her turn to pick a man, these girls will once again have to compete with each other for men's approval and affection.
My initial reaction to this was confusion.
Seriously, how does it work? Does one woman get sent home after the first night or do they fight over the men all season?
Then I realized, fuck the logistics. This is just totally unfair no matter how it's set up.
Yes, it's not unprecedented (as Chris Harrison claimed); in the sixth season two men were the Bachelor at the outset and the women sent one home the first night. (Supposedly the men turned their backs as the women put a rose in one of the two boxes, and the man with the most roses stayed. Poor guy didn't know who voted for him, but the women did. If they do it the same way with Britt and Kaitlyn, I have one word for you: DRAMA.)
But that precedence doesn't make it right. To think that would be to ignore the way that women are valued in our society: we are there to please men, to fight over each other for men, for men to choose. In the end I feel like this decision (an obvious and blatant attempt to increase ratings) is just promoting sexism... Even more than this show usually does.
Also if Kaitlyn gets sent home AGAIN I'm going to be really, really pissed.
So what do you think about the two Bachelorettes? Do you agree with me or are you OK with this? And the big question that I haven't decided on yet: will you watch?