There are about 101 reasons to not like ABC’s The Bachelor, not the least of which that they’ve had one, count it, ONE season where the gender was flipped.
I have to say that at the top of my list of reasons is the fact that the whole premise is set up in such a make-believe way. The bachelor is always built up as this “dream man,” which any woman would love to love. He’s perfect, handsome, charming, usually rich, and is definitely looking for a committment. So, what better way to find a soul mate than to gather a group of pre-selected, beautiful women and gradually whittle down the competition on national television?
Above and beyond the sheer unbelievability of the scenario (yes, yes, there apparently have been some successes), what I find most annoying is the pre-selected women bit. You see, NOT just any woman has the chance to love the guy.
By choosing only women who are traditionally beautiful, who all look good in bikinis (I really do believe that is one of the things they use to select the women), etc., etc., the producers of the show are basically stating that if you do not meet the criteria (that is, you don’t look particularly good on TV), you will never be a dream man’s dream woman.
You might as well not even bother, for it’s impossible that fine catch would ever choose a woman who’s short, curvy, has less than perfect skin and would rather gouge her eyes out than prance around in a bikini even if that woman is amazing as a human being, at least not if she’s surrounded by thin, model-like women. ::rolls eyes::
Of course, the above scenario would never happen anyway. If I, for example, submitted a video of myself explaining why I wanted to find the perfect mate, my submission would be dumped in the round file before even ten seconds of it was watched. Silly fat woman, you don’t even have the right to dream the same romantic dreams as thin women.