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Last night ABC gave us the “Men Tell All” episode of The Bachelorette. While the teasers promised myriad secrets would be revealed, no one could have predicted the biggest revelation of all. There, on national t.v., America was introduced to the secret, illuminati-like world of the “man code.” (more…)

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only one U.S. state (Colorado) has an obesity rate below 20%.  Americans struggle to lose weight, and the weight loss industry brings in tens of billions of dollars each year.  Weight loss products and programs are largely geared toward women; the social pressure for men to be thin pales in comparison to the concomitant pressure on women.  Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers offer overtly gender-neutral programs, but their web sites and advertisements feature very few men (none as spokespeople).  Nutrisystem, on the other hand, deliberately crafts different marketing to men and women.  How Nutrisystem’s gender binarism plays out is worth examining. (more…)

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I’ve been thinking a lot about love, especially the kind expressed in and around marriage, what with Mark Sanford’s love letters, an essay decrying the companionate marriage by Sandra Tsing Loh, A Vindication of Love: Reclaiming Romance for the Twenty-First Century by Cristina Nehring, and, of course, the fights in various states for and against gay marriage. I haven’t gotten my thoughts all in order and I doubt any single post could do justice to the complexity of this issue. Instead, I’m going to write a series of articles on the subject.

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Professor Moss’s post discussed the insufferability of The Bachelorette‘s protagonist, Jillian.  I want to add a word or two about her would-be paramours.  I noticed several disturbing trends among the bachelors vying for Jillian’s affection:

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When we first began thinking about starting this blog, we decided to watch The Bachelorette for material. Now normally I finish what I start, but this show broke me. I made it through 6 episodes and then I just couldn’t stand it anymore. So what made this show literally unwatchable?

Well, there were lots of things: Jillian’s idiotic attraction to bad boy Wes, everyone pretending that spending a day on a glacier or racing cars or ziplining provided character insight rather than an adrenaline rush, the whole “some guys aren’t here for the right reason” subplot. But this is a feminist blog, so let me just mention the two main points that drove me to gnaw on my copy of The Second Sex.

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