The main reason I stopped watching daytime soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful was a love triangle involving Ridge, his wife Brooke and his late-wife-who-wasn’t-actually-dead Taylor. Taylor died, Ridge started seeing Brooke and married her, Taylor reappeared. Who is Ridge married to? Who does he want to be with? We’ll overlook the stupidity of the storyline (and the fact they’ve used it at least once before, probably just reworded the old scripts) and focus on the actions of the three of them.
Ridge is legally married to Taylor, and his marriage to Brooke is nullified by Taylor still being alive. He has to choose either to stay with Taylor, or to divorce her and marry Brooke legally. So he tells both women he has to decide who he wants to be with, and to do that, he’s going to date each of them.
Yep, you read correctly. The man had the audacity to believe two attractive, successful women were going to share him until he decided who he wanted. Mind you, given both Brooke and Taylor agreed to it, maybe it wasn’t so audacious – it was just what he expected, having gotten them to agree to such a thing in the past, it’s understandable he expected it again. Personally, I think the whole scenario was the fantasy of a male writer who thought ‘wouldn’t it be great if I had two good-looking, successful women competing over me?’
If I had been either one of them, I like to think I would have told him ‘if the choice is so hard to make, I’ll make it easier and remove myself from the equation’. Instead, not only do they agree, they keep undermining each other’s one-on-one time with Ridge. Brooke shows up in sheer lingerie, Taylor makes sure Ridge knows how important it is for him to be in their children’s lives, that kind of thing. It was a male fantasy to have two such women pulling out all the stops to prove they are the most ‘worthy’, and it was disgusting.
The really troubling thing was: there was a hell of a lot debate on various forums over it, not over a Ridge’s ‘right’ to have two women dangling while he took his sweet time making his choice, but over who would he choose. There were die-hard Taylor and Brooke fans, and very few who found the whole thing appalling.
That said to me that there was a huge audience out there actively encouraging two women to compete over a man, which is far more concerning thAn some writer’s fantasy of having two women compete over him.