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Small Screen, Big FeelsTelevision and Cultural Anxiety in the Twenty-First Century$
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Melissa Ames

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780813180069

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813180069.001.0001

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Defending The Bachelorette

Defending The Bachelorette

What Online Comments from Reality TV Fans Reveal about Contemporary Gender Expectations, and Live-Tweeting as a Form of Feminist Digital Activism

(p.190) 9 Defending The Bachelorette
Small Screen, Big Feels

Melissa Ames

University Press of Kentucky

Chapter Nine builds upon research concerning the ways in which reality television includes conflicting post-feminist messages that impact the contestants on the shows, as well as the viewers watching them. This essay studies viewer reactions to a particularly controversial season of The Bachelorette -- one which aired the star having sexual intercourse prior to the show's pre-scripted/approved timeline. The online discussion among fans on Twitter reveal the ways in which viewers resist or reinforce gender stereotypes and participate in or criticize the practice of slut shaming.

Keywords:   The Bachelorette, Digital Activism, reality television, Twitter, slut shaming, fandom, post-feminism, celebrity culture

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