In one of the first book-length feminist analyses of the reality television genre, Rachel E. Dubrofsky examines how the surveillance context of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette impacts gendered and racialized bodies. Dubrofsky takes up issues that cut across the U.S. cultural landscape; the use of surveillance in the creation of entertainment products, the" proliferation of public confession and its configuration as a therapeutic tool, the ways in which women's displays of emotion are shown on television, the changing face of popular feminist discourse, and the re-centering of whiteness in popular media. Television and feminist scholars, as well as the cultural studies community as a whole, will benefit from this much-needed perspective on the reality television genre.
About the Author
Rachel E. Dubrofsky is assistant professor in the Department of Communication at University of South Florida.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The "Bachelor Industry" 1
Chapter 1 Authenticity, Whiteness
Confession, and Surveillance 17
Chapter 2 Whiteness in the Harem 29
Chapter 3 Emotional Failure 53
Chapter 4 Excessive Emotion: Her Money Shot 65
Chapter 5 "Therapeutics of the Self" 91
Chapter 6 Empowerment and Choice in the Postfeminist Nirvana 109
Conclusion: The "Ideal" Woman? 127
About the Author 150