A friend recently sent me this article discussing the upcoming Bachelor Pad –the latest in the Bachelor franchise. The article points out the trouble the franchise runs into with race, so I won’t cover that again. What I do want to point out is the sexism issues in the show.
The premise of the show is this: 19 men and women (straight men and women I should say) compete in challenges to win immunity and a chance at ‘love.’ When a player wins a challenge, they get to pick one of the other players for a date night. Players get eliminated by the other contestants (aka for no real reason at all).
All of this sounds like good, trashy, reality TV matchmaker shows, right?
Well here’s my question: If the show is about either men and women hooking up with each other on a somewhat level playing field, why is the show called Bachelor Pad?
A bachelor pad is, by definition, a place where a single man lives alone, with the pop culture add on being that that is the place where he brings back many ‘conquests’ in the form of women he met at a bar (See Barney Stintson for a clear picture). A bachelor pad, in that connotation, is all about bringing home women for sex. By naming the show after that, it is giving the idea that this is another show about men looking for hot, skinny, tan, women in tiny bikinis (which it is).
I’m not sure what disturbs me more: the lack of any person of color, the harem attitude that is present in The Bachelor and Bachelor Pad, or that the title of this show dispenses with the premise of finding ‘love’ altogether.
Thoughts from the blog world?