Of course, Bachelor in Paradise is not real life. Yes, it may have taken me three weeks to arrive at that decisive conclusion, but alas, we’re there.
After all, real life does not hand you a mango daiquiri the minute your smile becomes a frown, real life does not allow Jarrod to roam free and pink on an island without zinc, and real life would most definitely encourage Wais to charge his customers for his wisdom because this is capitalism and skills are currency.
The bubble and shine aside, there’s a curious thread to Bachelor in Paradise which is quietly snaking its way through the series like a poisonous vine.
It’s about women being the enemy.
There’s an age-old stereotype, a wildly sexist notion, that women are each other’s worst enemy. It was born from the same seed as the hysterical woman – you know, women are crazy! – and gave birth to the concept of ‘cat fighting’. The idea was and is simple. Women are emotional, women are jealous, women are always looking to pull each other down in order to get on top. Especially when ‘on top’ concerns a man.
So far, on Bachelor in Paradise, we’ve had Simone call Rachel “flabby” and like a “penguin”.