Matty J, the current Bachelor in the Australian version of the franchise, prepares to reward one of his suitors with a rose.
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A pattern of male leadership and female passivity in heterosexual romance is woven into the formula on the popular TV show The Bachelor.
Is the success of The Bachelor based on the spectacle of women psychologically tearing each other down for entertainment?
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The Bachelor, like most reality TV, thrives on drama. But its particular style of conflict illustrates an uncomfortable point: women can easily be sexist against other women.
Donald Trump in the boardroom during an episode of ‘The Apprentice.’
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Studies have shown that since the 1970s, people's scores on the Narcissistic Personality Inventory are rising. Could there be a connection to television consumption?
Despite criticism from the Chinese government, which claims it espouses “the wrong values”, the popularity of dating show If You Are The One continues unabated.
The Chinese dating show If You Are the One has a domestic audience of 50 million, and a cult following in Australia. It seems harsher than shows such as The Bachelor – but is it really all that different?
Well no wonder they’re all fighting for The Bachelor – there’s only one of him.
The Bachelor is the perfect screen depiction of the male fantasy of scantily clad women pillow-fighting for his affections.