ABC'S 'The Bachelor' Is An Unrealistic Representation Of Women In America, There's No Diversity

ABC'S 'The Bachelor' Is An Unrealistic Representation Of Women In America, There's No Diversity

ABC needs to change some things up to promote confidence and inclusion.

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First of all, I should say that I LOVE "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" and have been watching for many years with my mom and rooting for the best matches.

However, after "The Bachelorette's" recent 21st season finale, I can't stop wondering why each cast consists of the same type of people: thin, fit, and seemingly flawless.

Each person that emerges from the limo on premiere night are no more than size fours and the men have perfectly tailored suits and abs. Sure, it's nice to look at, but it isn't realistic OR diverse, as "The Bachelor" has claimed to cast.

Secondly, it took "The Bachelorette" 13 whole seasons to cast a woman of color, Rachel Lindsay. In our society, that shouldn't be acceptable. People are always looking for more diversity and inclusion, and it isn't fair that a show that receives close to 8 million viewers in a single season doesn't cast more women of color, curvy women, athletic women, or women that have lost a limb or are in a wheelchair.

"The Bachelor" casts an unrealistic portrayal of beauty and the next season should cast real women who are different sizes, builds, and colors like the example that Miss America 2.0 has set. That is, focusing on a woman's personality and intellect, not JUST her looks.

The national average size of women in America is a size 16, according to this article from "TODAY". This size is not unhealthy, as curvy models such as Ashley Graham show. Many women maintain a healthy lifestyle but not all of them are stick-thin.

This idea also applies to women who have disabilities. This should not be a limitation in casting for these shows. It would be a groundbreaking move on ABC's part to really show women we can relate to and to prove that a man could fall in love with a woman beyond her physical beauty.

This could also promote a woman's confidence to have an amazing experience of wearing beautiful gowns and traveling the world.

If all this is true, then why won't "The Bachelor" cast more diversely?

A lot of people speculate that it's because of who "The Bachelor" actually is and what his tastes are. The same goes for "The Bachelorette" and her preferences.

It's fair that preferences vary from person to person but is every contestant so narrow-minded that they would only consider abs and perfectly toned women?

While both shows have tried to throw in a diverse cast member, their tactics fail because it's usually only one curvy woman or a few women of color. The show-runners should be open to contestants that are more than their looks, and fall for them based on their humor and their ability to make a great partner.

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20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.
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It's tough to find perfect tattoos with meaning.

You probably want something permanent on your body to mean something deeply, but how do you choose a tattoo that will still be significant in 5, 10, 15, or 50 years? Over time, tattoos have lost much of their stigma and many people consider them a form of art, but it's still possible to get a tattoo you regret.

So here are 20 tattoos you can't go wrong with. Each tattoo has its own unique meaning, but don't blame me if you still have to deal with questions that everyone with a tattoo is tired of hearing!

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1. A semi-colon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.


2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."


3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.


4. "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls."


5. Viking symbol meaning "create your own reality."


6.Greek symbol of Inguz: where there's a will, there's a way.

7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."


8. 'Ohm' tattoo that represents 4 different states of consciousness and a world of illusion: waking (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), deep sleep (sushupti), transcendental state (turiya) and world of illusion (maya)


9. Alchemy: symbolizes copper, means love, balance, feminine beauty and artistic creativity.


10. The Greek word “Meraki" means to do something with soul, passion, love and creativity or to put yourself in to whatever you do.


11. Malin (Skövde, Sweden) – you have to face setbacks to be able to go forward.

12. Symbol meaning "thief" from the Hobbit. It was the rune Gandalf etched into Bilbo's door so the dwarves could find his house.


13. “Lux in tenebris" means “light in darkness."

14. Anchor Tattoo: symbolizing strength & stability, something (or someone) who holds you in place, and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things get.

15."Ad Maiora" is translated literally as “Towards greater things." It is a formula of greeting used to wish more success in life, career or love.


16. A glyphs means “explore." It was meant as a reminder for me to never stop exploring.

17. "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam," meaning roughly, "Either I shall find a way, or I will make one."


18. Lotus Flower. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower's first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

19. The zen (or ensō) circle to me represents enlightenment, the universe & the strength we all have inside of us.

20. Two meanings. The moon affirms life. It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can reminds us of the inconsistency of life. It is also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.


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It's 2019, Can We Stop Talking About Women's Bodies

With all of our problems in the world, why do we still body shame women.

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I'm sure you've heard everything! I'm sure you've heard the screams of women over analyzing the media for shaming our bodies. While there is shaming in the media, our bodies shouldn't be the focus of our world now. Our society is going through some major problems that our beauty and vanity shouldn't be the forefront of everything we see. Women have been expected to look a certain way since the dawn of our conception. I feel like our health, life and political standing are more important than the color that should be on the lips and cheeks of our face. I'd rather be able to go to the doctor without fear of not being heard then learn how to contour my face into oblivion.

Growing up, I had both skinny and plus-sized girlfriends. Did I have that toxic mindset that they were better than me because they were either skinnier than I or had better breast and butt sizes, yes I did and I hate myself for it. I was the troll back in the Myspace days telling skinny girls to eat a cheeseburger and the plus sized girls that they need to eat more salad. Looking back, I was a terrible human to my own gender. I was that normal sized girl (by today's standards) with some fat to keep me warm in the winter (nonexistent in FLORIDA). I also had my friends that would troll other girls because of their own insecurities and jealousy. That is not how we should treat other girls.

The fact that we have more rights and positions then we've had over the past 100 years and we still feel the need to judge ourselves and others still makes us primitive. Throughout history, women have been regarded as either property or as goddesses. Us being goddesses needs to make a comeback. I'm so thankful that we are considering ourselves goddesses because that will inspire girls to do whatever they want. Nowadays girls are learning traditionally male careers at an early age and that's a great step towards equality.

Women shouldn't be known for their bodies and should be known for our accomplishments. Body shaming is archaic and has no position in today's society. Just because a woman wears a size 00 or 22, it doesn't limit our capabilities. A woman wearing a 00 can accomplish learning computer code as same as a woman wearing a size 18. Women's sizing also isn't regulated because a size 12 can be the same as a size 14 in different brands.

If we are going to be continued to be known for our bodies, it looks like we need to stand up for our health. To be able to have a safe abortion, a judge-free hysterectomy or mastectomy would do our world a lot of good. I would rather have a woman get the right healthcare SAFELY then hear about another woman dying because of medical malpractice due to an under the table procedure. Our bodies have every right to have a necessary or wanted procedure to help us feel healthy in both body and mind. For those who continue to judge...It's none of your business.
So ladies...
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you are capable, creative, intelligent, beautiful and WHATEVER YOU WANT TO BE!

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