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Ordinary Fame: Perpetuating Gendered Stereotypes and Double Standards

Heartbreak, rejection, emotional manipulation, betrayal, tears, unsightly sunburn, and crabs – does this feel almost like paradise? For contestants on the second installment of the reality show Bachelor in Paradise (BIP), which ended earlier this month in an explosive display of producer-driven drama, such instances did indeed constitute their experience of paradise. If you are not one of the roughly four million viewers (Nielsen, 2015) who consistently tuned in Sunday and Monday nights for the past month, BIP is the younger, more promiscuous offshoot of ABC’s long-running franchise The Bachelor (currently filming its landmark 20th season).