The Bachelor is a reality TV show geared towards women, which is apparent throughout. The sets are composed of what are traditionally thought of as feminine things such as roses, candles, and other small decorations. The women on the show have a strong relationship together and support each other through their tough times, as seen in the finale episode. The host also makes a reference to “Bachelor Nation”, which is the intimate public sphere that formed around the show.
After Arie’s decision to retract his engagement to Becca and instead propose to Lauren, the other women on the show rallied behind Becca to support her. They also said they had no anger or hate towards Lauren, only that they hope it works out for her and that she is happy. The “Bachelor Nation” also rallied behind Becca, raising money and sending her messages of support. This intimate public sphere gives those in it a sense of belonging and support. Even though the Bachelor is a reality TV show, the sense of belonging and support it provides people is significant. The representation and example of women standing up for each other and supporting one another is also significant and should not be discounted because the show is part of pop culture. Media from pop culture can have even more significance and impact on people than classic media. Cultural references, like the premise of the Bachelor, are known by most people and can be heard in everyday conversation. People can relate to characters and people in pop culture just as much as they can in classic media. The intimate public sphere that comes with pop culture is also very important and is something that classic media can sometimes lack. The concept of a “Bachelor Nation” is not something you could find easily for a classic piece of literature or other piece of media. Pop culture is a living and breathing entity, an intimate public sphere, and is there to support those who need it. People are able to find a sense of connection, belonging, and support from pop culture.
How has pop culture influenced you? Is there any intimate public sphere that you feel you are part of?