The Worst Moment For Feminism On The Bachelor Last Night
11:30 am, February 19th | by Sarah Devlin
Hometown dates on The Bachelor are typically a plethora of Worst Moments For Feminism, given that most of the “drama” revolves around the Bachelor asking his four girlfriends’ families for permission to marry them — excuse me, for their “blessing.” This was most obvious when Sean Lowe visited Lindsay Yenter’s family on the base where her father, a two star general, was stationed. Sean seemed more excited to meet this military man than he was about some of the women on the show, and made a big show of asking him for his approval. General Dad ended up giving it, adding “if Lindsay says yes, you have my blessing” (good for him), and then they clinked beer glasses and exchanged dowries. Okay, so maybe that last part didn’t happen.
All of that was annoying, to be sure, but for my money the worst part of the episode was when Sean eliminated Desirée. Up until this week she was a frontrunner, but her hometown date made her an unacceptable choice for two reasons. The first was that she played a prank on Sean (in retaliation for a very dumb prank he pulled on her on their first day), hiring an actor to pretend to be her boyfriend, who showed up at her apartment wanting to reconcile. Even though Sean relaxed once he realized that it was a joke, he did not seem thrilled to get pranked. Pranks are the worst, but fair is fair, Sean.
The second dealbreaker for Sean was Desirée’s tatted-up brother, who found Sean very unimpressive and referred to him as a “playboy” (I mean…what else do you call a guy with four girlfriends?). In the end, it was this masculine tug-of-war that seemed to upset Sean to the point that he let Desirée go, even after she apologized profusely for her brother’s skepticism.
You can see the whole dude-centric mess of an episode here, via Hulu. What did you think?