So I was watching television the other day happily again until the The Bachelor came on.
In case you guys don’t know what The Bachelor is, it is yet another reality television series where 25 girls throw themselves freely at one guy (yep, the bachelor), hoping he would fall in love with them eventually. Each week, the bachelor would present roses to the girls whom he wants to know better and the rest who do not get a rose would be eliminated. At the end of the show, he would propose to one of the girls and they would live happily ever after – or so that’s what the television says.
I quickly switched channel before I got disgusted and annoyed. To me, I think it is one of the most superficial shows I have ever come across so far. Perhaps, we live in a conservative society and the show would appeal to westernized cultures more. Or maybe, I am just sceptical that people can actually find their “true love” in a few weeks through television where many people can easily put up a front and appear to be nice whereas some people are just on it for the fame. And what happens if the bachelor doesn’t like any of the 25 girls and is still forced to choose a girl in the end?
The most annoying factor however, is that it cheapens the female gender and how people perceive females. On the show, the bachelor gets to go on dates with the girls and sometimes get intimate with them as well. To fight to go on dates with him, the girls would do anything to get it. They would flirt with him intensively and backstab other girls in attempt to spoil his image of them. All these actions portray these women in a negative light and create the perception that women can be easily attained and taken advantage of.
The show also enhances the perception that males as the more domineering gender in a sense that the bachelor is the one who has the right to pick which girl he wants to be with. A girl on the show can like him very much but if he doesn’t reciprocate her feelings, she is out of the game.
Actually, I don’t even know what the whole purpose of the show serves. It doesn’t encourage loyalty or monogamy between couples. Maybe it is just for pure entertainment’s sake. But I definitely don’t really enjoy this kind of entertainment.