I had many expectations when I started watching Channel 10s The Bachelorette. And so far it’s delivered.
Dumb Australian macho culture where even yoga is a competitive sport. Check. Host Osher Günsberg conducting the rose ceremonies with the gravitas of NATO negotiations. Check. “Intimate” moments in “secluded” locations attended by Bachelorette Georgia Love and her beau, a full camera crew, production unit and about a million TV viewers. Check.
What I wasn’t expecting was to learn something. But three weeks in, I’ve been schooled in just how sexist our dating culture is. Even when a woman is the star of her own dating TV show, with 16 men apparently vying for her affections, she is still constrained by a bunch of sexist expectations.
Here are five depressing examples of sexism that just won’t die: