Turn­ing ta­bles on sex­ism?

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - NEWS -

THE Bach­e­lor has driven plenty of con­ver­sa­tions dur­ing its three sea­sons on air and one that has con­sis­tently arisen is the ac­cu­sa­tion the show is sex­ist.

It’s not hard to see why. One man is placed in charge of call­ing all the shots as 19-odd sin­gle women put them­selves through var­i­ous lev­els of hu­mil­i­a­tion to gain his at­ten­tion and that al­limpor­tant rose.

But with the inau­gu­ral Bach­e­lorette, the team at TDT hope to change the con­ver­sa­tion.

“I think it re-ad­dresses the bal­ance,” says ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Stephen Tate of the de­ci­sion to put jilted sea­son two “win­ner” Sam Frost in charge.

Frost (be­low) hits screens this week, ready to go through the hard dat­ing yards to work out which of the 14 men as­sem­bled for her could be “the one”. And Tate says we should strap our­selves in for an en­ter­tain­ing ride.

“I think there’s a chance it will be just as strong, if not stronger, than The Bach­e­lor,” he pre­dicts.

He also be­lieves the show will find a whole new view­er­ship.

“I think guys will feel they’ve got per­mis­sion to view The Bach­e­lorette be­cause they’re ac­tu­ally watch­ing the mat­ing rit­u­als of their peers,” he says.

“I think male view­ers will feel that this show is for them too.”

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