Whatevergirl: it paints dating and finding a potential spouse in a very bad light. I would not want to be standing in a line up, hoping someone would pick me, and then knowing this person is kissing and doing who else knows what with others, at the same time the person is professing his love for me.
GW: I couldn’t agree more. But I’m not seeking media perfection here. Think of the show compared to other TV shows.
Whatevergirl: Most of these relationships don’t work, can’t imagine why. lol
GW: Again, I couldn’t agree more. But if we think of the show as merely INFLUENTIAL ADVERTISING, we can’t help but conclude that it is an amazing ad for traditional heterosexual marriage with a very real focus on the importance of children and extended family when making courtship decisions. I can’t think of any show that offers this moral instruction to the masses.
Whatevergirl: This new Bachelorette seems nice, but she seems to be in deep ‘like’ with them all…going home to see their parents…appearing like she is sincerely interested in marrying each and every one of them.
GW: But it’s part of the show’s script that the people must recognize that they are potentially joining each others’ whole families, which is very, very, very good.
Whatevergirl: How can you be genuinely trying to find a spouse like this?
GW: You can’t. (Though, actually, they are only agreeing to continue dating after the show or perhaps become engaged, which is possible.) But my point is that the show is an advertisement, and as such it is highly influential in teaching the masses what marriage is about. And the show insists that marriage is heterosexual, focused on extended family relations, and oriented to children. Can you think of another show that does this better?
Whatevergirl: I told my daughter…who is only 13 yrs old…I better never see you on this show! No one needs to jump through hoops and compete for a husband.
GW: I wouldn’t ever tout this show out as Catholic marriage instruction. No way. But think of our society as a whole, and think of TV as the most influential parent of mass society. I only like this show as indoctrinational advertising to American mass audiences. It’s way better in pre-marriage training than any other modern show I can think of.