I've had the season premiere of the Bachelorette on my TiVo all week, because I thought I should at least try to watch it for blog material. But -- I can't do it! I just can't. I got like two minutes in and I had to stop. Because, I mean, seriously? The woman who wasn't chosen to marry The Bachelor (and isn't third-place dancer Melissa on Dancing with the Stars) "gets" to come back and be objectified as marriage material by thirty more guys? Who would watch this? (though I did hear there's a foot fetishist on the show; is that entertaining enough to be worth the time?)
I'm not the type of TV watcher who enjoys watching things that are out and out horrible so I can complain about them later; I gotta have some separate reason for liking the show or I'm not going to invest the time. That said, I have plenty of feminist friends who tell me I'm totally missing out on the Bachelorette and if I started watching it, I'd really like it. Really?
On the one hand, I just can't believe that's true. On the other, though, I've been wrong about plenty of shows in the past (most notably, Project Runway). So if there's any Bachelorette watchers out there, help me out here! Worth it or not? I certainly don't mind adding something hilarious to my TV watching schedule if there's something interesting from a feminist perspective about the show (but not just the "wow, a lady turns the table on men by objectifying them!" That is not a particularly interesting new feminist perspective for me.).