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dc.contributor.advisorSherry, Alissa Renéen
dc.creatorHernandez, Virginia Roseen
dc.date.accessioned2011-07-13T15:45:10Zen
dc.date.available2011-07-13T15:45:10Zen
dc.date.issued2011-05en
dc.date.submittedMay 2011en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/ETD-UT-2011-05-3277en
dc.descriptiontexten
dc.description.abstractRomance reality programming has become a major player in the television field, with the most successful shows garnering huge ratings and massive audiences over the course of numerous seasons. But while the concept of finding love in a competitive environment on the national stage is new, romance reality TV programs seem to regenerate outdated stereotypes which work in a retrograde fashion to envisage love in traditional, pre-feminist heteronormative and patriarchal structures. Combining a background of literature on reality TV which gives insight to the manipulative tendencies of the industry; feminist scholarship on the acculturating and indoctrinating nature of classic fairy tales; and writings on the prevalence of postfeminist ideology that emphasizes self-surveillance/subjectification, the rhetoric of self-empowerment, and natural differences between the sexes, this thesis examines one of the most ubiquitous romance reality shows, The bachelor. Through the lens of nine tropes--beauty, passivity, marriage, victimization, vilification, romance rhetoric, gender roles, consumerism, and the male gaze--I analyze a full season of episodes, tallying the occurrences in each category. Using these tally numbers as general indicators and providing examples of each theme, I argue that the lessons conveyed to audiences by The bachelor and other romance reality programs bear a striking resemblance to classic fairy tales morals in which positive outcomes for heroines directly correlate to their perceived femininity, including conventionally feminine virtues like physical beauty, moral turpitude, and adherence to normative gender roles. The presence of postfeminism in the media contributes to making these outdated fairy tales themes seem congruent with female agency and empowerment by uncritically casting the failure to find love as a personal one. At the same time, men are placed in advantageous positions of authority and power, affirming the inevitability and desirability of patriarchal relationship arrangements.en
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dc.language.isoengen
dc.subjectThe bacheloren
dc.subjectFairy talesen
dc.subjectPostfeminismen
dc.subjectWomen's studiesen
dc.subjectReality television programsen
dc.subjectMale gazeen
dc.subjectDatingen
dc.subjectFeminismen
dc.subjectBrad Womacken
dc.subjectDating shows (Television programs)en
dc.subjectMarriageen
dc.title"I'm sorry this hasn't been a fairy tale" : examining romance reality TV through The bacheloren
dc.date.updated2011-07-13T15:45:20Zen
dc.identifier.slug2152/ETD-UT-2011-05-3277en
dc.contributor.committeeMemberO'Brien, Jodien
dc.description.departmentWomen's and Gender Studiesen
dc.type.genrethesisen
thesis.degree.departmentWomen's and Gender Studiesen
thesis.degree.disciplineWomen's and Gender Studiesen
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelMastersen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Artsen


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