But despite a profanity-filled description of her (which Channel 10 rightly censored), it was her reaction to Elora’s choice of first date that had viewers talking.
When Elora chose to pursue Alex Nation romantically, Florence’s remarks echoed the sadly widespread opinion that bisexual women just “can’t make their minds up”, or only “opt in” for male attention.
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A deep-running societal misunderstanding that members of the LGBT community have battled for years, and that often hinders those who identify as bisexual from coming out.
“Oh she’s bisexual now,” Florence said, before adding: “She was so straight on The Bachelor.”
It was a sweeping and ill-informed judgement of a woman’s sexuality that, frankly, shouldn’t even be a topic for Florence to speculate, let alone invalidate.
Alas, hers is a judgement still held by huge percentage of mainstream society.
To the camera, she elaborated: “It wouldn’t be The Bachelor without straight girls turning lesbian if we’re bored or not getting enough attention.”
The insinuation that sexuality is a choice – one that comes coupled with wanting to impress a male – is one that truly shouldn’t exist in 2019. But if Bachelor in Paradise has taught us anything this season, it does.
Later in the episode – much like previous contestant Paddy’s remarks about Brooke and Alex – Florence went on to fetishise the two women, upholding what should be an outdated yet ever present patriarchal opinion that two women together exists purely for male enjoyment.
As Bill expressed to the group that he would be disappointed if Alex kissed Elora on their date, Florence was quick to respond: “What, because you can’t watch?”, before turning to Alisha, pecking her on the lips and exclaiming: “Look, we’re lesbians now.”