We often joke about reality TV, laughing it off as vapid and a bit… unrealistic.
And sure, it can be. A lot of the time it deserves an eye roll. But reality TV can also hold up a lens to society and highlight all the shit, good and bad, that goes on around us.
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This season of The Bachelorette has done just that: It’s more than just a woman dating a bunch of dudes. It’s a confident, funny, multifaceted, feminist woman dating a selection of men, many of whom have rejected everything society tries to teach them about being a dude.
We hear the words ‘toxic masculinity’ a lot these days. And while it’s crucial that we continue to call out that behaviour, talk about it, make clear it’s not okay and work towards a society where it’s not
celebrated normalised or swept under the rug, we also reckon it’s important to celebrate the complete opposite of it.
And bless, so many of the men on this season of The Bachelorette are the opposite of it.
We've learned that toxic behaviour and attitudes are still out there, still harming women and men, but we also learned that it's not the default setting, as we would have once assumed.