Last night, someone in your Twitter feed probably informed you that Andi Dorfman, star of this season's The Bachelorette, is a slut. Or that she was slut-shamed by a contestant she'd rejected. Both reactions popped up readily on social media during the franchise's first honest — if short —discussion of sex. Neither are true. Both are disturbing.
ABC has aired 10 seasons of The Bachelorette and 18 seasons of The Bachelor since 2002. The franchise has so penetrated our national consciousness that even if you’ve staunchly abstained from watching, you know the vernacular. You may not know what the right reasons are, but you know that contestants best be there for the right reasons. You may never have seen the moment when two consenting adults on an all-day date “discover” a card written by host Chris Harrison inviting them to, if they choose, forgo their individual hotel rooms and stay as a couple in the Fantasy Suite. But you definitely know what’s goes on in the Fantasy Suite. We all do.Read More »