Top 5 Love Lessons From the Season Premiere of "The Bachelorette" – Huffington Post

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5. Flip the script. Perhaps the best part of the entire evening didn’t even happen on the show! We usually bee-boop through the commercials, but were compelled to stop on a beautifully shot scene of a hetero couple in a Chinese restaurant. The server brings a fortune cookie to the guy, who opens it to find a message specifically addressed to him: “ANDY I WANT TO ASK YOU SOMETHING.” Rather than pick up on the hint, he starts freaking out about some potential creepy stalker scenario. Sensing her best laid plans going down the toilet, she just gets down on one knee and presents him with a ring.
        While it didn’t go as she would have liked, this is not a cautionary tale against bucking tradition; no, it’s a celebration of female empowerment and agency, of busting out-dated taboos and flipping the script. Sure, there will be a few growing pains to go through (which is why you apparently need the stress-resistant deodorant being advertised), but it’s worth it.
        We loved the placement of this ad smack-dab in the middle of a show that pretends to be groundbreaking (hey, look at a woman with a harem of men for once!) but actually trades in old-fashioned notions of love and romance based on fairy tales with princesses. In the history of The Bachelorette, not one woman has ever proposed to a guy at the end, despite the fact that she ostensibly chooses him! Why not go that extra step in making the proposal herself, after she has been handing out the roses all along? Roses, rings — what’s the diff! Bullshit, stereotypical gender roles poured in concrete, that’s the diff.
        Thank you, Secret, for showing legions of Bachelor/ette fans how it is possible to take your destiny into your own hands.

Top 5 Love Lessons From the Season Premiere of "The Bachelorette" – Huffington Post