The Worst Moment For Feminism On The Bachelor Last Night
10:30 am, January 29th | by Sarah Devlin
I realize that there will never be a day where I have to write “Man, slim pickings for the ‘worst moment for feminism on The Bachelor last night’,” but there were so many terrible moments in last night’s episode that I feel very torn. Do I pick the moment when Selma, who is gorgeous but has spent a grand total of a few hours with Sean, said she viewed her date with him as an opportunity to take things to “the next level and the next level and the next level and then have babies?”
Do I pick the moment when Sean took a bunch of girls to a roller derby arena, told them they were all “very sweet” so he was looking forward to seeing who “[got] aggressive” and then canceled the date when everyone started falling and cracking their jaws all over the place? Or how about when Sean planned a Pretty Woman inspired date for Leslie, you know, to really make her feel
like a prostitute special, and then kicked her to the curb halfway through dinner? Or how about when Tierra had a meltdown about how “fake” the other girls were, claiming she was being “tortured,” and then when Sean felt bad for her and left to go get her a rose she made this face?
All of those moments were pretty terrible for feminism, but I’m going to zig right when you think I’m going to zag and pick a moment at the top of the episode. Most Bachelors with decent bods are subjected to a lot of shots of them showering contemplatively while a voiceover details how torn they are between so many women (if their bods are not so great but they have another desirable quality, like being the owner of a vineyard, they substitute in shots of them driving a tractor around (BEN FLAJNIK)), but I don’t think any Bachelor has been as objectified to the degree that Sean has. Every episode so far has featured a montage of him running, using a Bowflex, or wandering from room to room shirtless. It’s a little absurd.
I think we get it, but if you need to see more (for science, obviously) you can watch the full episode here via Hulu. Shirtless Sean, as ever, can be found throughout, but most reliably within the first few minutes.