Slut-Shaming on The Bachelorette

Slut-Shaming on The Bachelorette

A slut is someone, usually a woman, who’s stepped outside of the very narrow lane that good girls are supposed to stay within. Sluts are loud. We’re messy. We don’t behave. In fact, the original definition of “slut” meant “untidy woman.” But since we live in a world that relies on women to be tidy in all ways, to be quiet and obedient and agreeable and available (but never aggressive), those of us who colour outside of the lines get called sluts. And that word is meant to keep us in line.
— Jaclyn Friedman, feminist, writer and activist

So let's talk about The Bachelorette, yes I watch The Bachelorette, The Bachelor and the Bachelor Pad. I keep my life low on drama so I need to get it somewhere!

The first episode The Bachelorette Season 11 aired on May 18. This season was met with mixed emotions as to how it was all going down. There were two favourites for this season Kaitlyn, a dance instructor from British Columbia and Britt a waitress from California.

In the end the show decided to have both of them, they would meet the 25 men. Then the men would pick between the two women who they wanted to remain for the duration of the season.

This caused quite a stir on social media with fans and the Bachelor/Bachelorette Alum. Former bachelor Sean Lowe who found his wife on the show wrote a blog post on why he thought this was a bad move for the new season.

It’s downright degrading for the women – for the two chosen and the women watching at home. This move transfers the power back to the men on the show specifically designed for the women. As one tweet said, ‘Once again, you’ll have women competing for the attention of men.’
— Sean Lowe

Alas, this season was highly anticipated by fans. After 2 hours of drama on Monday and an additional hour on Tuesday, "Bachelor Nation" was getting vocal.

In the end the men decided on Kaitlyn. She was "the luckiest girl in the world" and now had some time to sit down and get to know the guys. She had to let a few of the men go at the end but it was a pretty tame show until the "bomb" dropped when they showed the season preview.

Now, I put bomb with quotations because it really shouldn't have been a big a deal. In the preview it seems as though Kaitlyn has sex with one of the men, she is then seen talking to the men saying, "we had sex". Now whether this is just a good editing job to make the season look more dramatic than it is or it actually happened it DOESN'T MATTER. The show did a good job of making Kaitlyn look like a villain for doing what many women do when they are dating, have sex.

So because show opened the slut-shaming door, judgements shall follow. Now, people are entitled to their opinions but to slander someone's name all over the internet is disgusting especially when you are passing judgement on someone you don't know.

All you britt haters are going to wish it was her as the bachelorette instead of trashy kaitlyn by the end of the season when you find out what happens. Britt is so classy. I can’t stand kaitlyn and her potty mouth. She’s looking to be comedian, for a hook up and a good time. Not marriage material and someone you bring home to mama. I would much rather watch britt’s gorgeous face than constant licking teeth and trashy tattoos. Britt is classy and was actually looking for love. Big mistake abc! At least britt ends up the real winner!
— Ashley Hightower via Facebook

Comments like the above are juvenile they are setting us back instead of supporting and helping us grow stronger as a gender. Have a friendly debate or talk about it with your friends that agree with you. We live in a free country and you are allowed to disagree, have your own opinion and not support her actions but just because it's on national television does not make it your business.

Everyone is jumping to conclusions and saying horrible things about someone they don't know when they have no clue what the context is, or what happened. I'm ultimately disgusted with how people reacted but I am glad there was a significant number of people that not only called out the individuals for slut-shaming but also the show itself.

So she didn't wait until the sanctioned "sex time" in the fantasy suite, who cares? We all have to remember that she is a human being and should get the same respect as any other human being regardless of what she does or doesn't do in the bedroom. I commend her for being real, honest and owning it.

If anyone is still confused on how to not slut-shame please read "How Not To Slut-Shame A Woman" via Huffington Post.

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