Look. Sometimes it can get really exhausting being a feminist. Fighting the patriarchy takes its toll.
When we discussed Married at First Sight in the office this morning, there were passionate frustrations over the portrayal of single females. They’re depicted as crazy, unstable, over-emotional trainwrecks who need a man to ‘calm them’, or ‘be patient with them’. They’re encouraged to look inside themselves for the real reason they’re single. Low self-esteem? Having barriers up? Not being open to love?
There is absolutely no doubt that the premise of Married at First Sight is inherently flawed – and not only when it comes to gender equality. At a time where same-sex couples cannot legally be married in Australia, it seems completely absurd to revel in a reality show where heterosexual couples get ‘married’ for our entertainment.
So last night, as the second season of the ‘social experiment’ debuted, viewers responded with understandable outrage.
Sorry, but #marriedatfirstsight is not only a ridiculous concept but insulting to the marriage equality debate.
— Anthony Callea (@AnthonyCallea) April 4, 2016
Obviously, it’s entirely hetero-normative and sexist, with a pinch of ageism thrown in for good measure.
But you know what? Last night I took a well-earned break from feminism. Because as a woman, this show has everything I’ve been socialised to love.