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Slut TV Drops the Pretense, Goes All the Way with Topless “Bachelor” Segment

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Posted on February 17 2011 8:00 am
David Forsmark is the owner and president of Winning Strategies, a full service political consulting firm in Michigan. David has been a regular columnist for Frontpage Magazine since 2006. For 20 years before that, he wrote book, movie and concert reviews as a stringer for the Flint Journal, a midsize daily newspaper.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the ABC mega-hit The Bachelor decided that having physically beautiful women cater to the whim of a smug man for weeks on end in a competition to become his… whatever… wasn’t degrading enough.

Monday night, three of them were challenged to pose topless—and the two who did, survived for the next round.

The only element missing from the old slave market is the use of force and shackles not of the women’s own making—of course the difference between slaves and sex workers is precisely that element.

But don’t get the wrong impression about the woman who refused to take off her top, and hold her up as some kind of paragon of virtue (though instead of being forgotten as one of the bevy of forgettable babes who stay in the contest for one period or another, leaving the set to preserve her dignity might make a long term heroine for an enterprising starlet).

The woman who kept her top on did not preserve her dignity. Instead, she simulated sex on the beach with Boy Toy—and I don’t mean she prepared a drink that includes vodka and peach schnapps.

A year ago, it was a mini-scandal that a Bachelor finalist had once posed topless in the past. Now, the women are invited to do it was part of their audition to be the mate of Bachelor Brad.

But this has barely made a ripple in the entertainment media, or even family values watchdog groups. I can’t stomach more than 5 minutes of the show, but I gather that in the past it was been strongly implied—or even admitted—that contestants have had sex with the object of their “affection” during the contest; so maybe after that, this doesn’t seem like much.

But in my book, the calculated and scripted nature of this part of the show escalates the degradation of everyone involved.

Just a year ago, Lori Ziganto coined the phrase “Slut TV” while exposing cable “reality” shows for NewsReal Blog, and I followed up that The Bachelor was just as bad.  Compared to this slave auction mentality of “show me the goods,” what we complained about a mere 11 months ago seems almost quaint and dated.

Any intelligent and grounded person would eliminate anyone as a potential spouse upon learning the prospective mate had made it into the second round of either The Bachelor or The Bachelorette.

Intimacy is not the prize at the end of a contest, nor is it a spectator sport.

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