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Things "The Bachelor" Pretends Are Normal That Are RED FLAGS

"I'm totally in love with you. ...And with her."

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The Bachelor is addictive to watch, but it definitely doesn't portray realistic dating scenarios. And NONE of the things that seem normal in Bachelor-land would fly in real life! I mean, just look:

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OK, let's start with the most commonly heard phrase on rose ceremony nights: "Can I steal you for a moment?"

Um, what?? NO, we are on a date? Who even are you?
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Um, what?? NO, we are on a date? Who even are you?

Taking someone on a super expensive, really over-the-top, always somehow kinda dangerous date is hella bizarre IRL. Why are you tryna jump off a building on a first date??

What else ya got — bungee jumping?? NO THANK YOU.
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What else ya got — bungee jumping?? NO THANK YOU.

It's NOT NORMAL to have so many potential partners it's hard to keep them straight.

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(Not even throwing shade to poly people or to casual dating. KNOW THE NAMES OF THE PEOPLE YOU DATE.)

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Group dates are FUCKED UP.

Shady as hell to make a bunch of girls you're dating swim with each other and a bunch of pigs as a "fun activity," FOR EXAMPLE, BEN.
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Shady as hell to make a bunch of girls you're dating swim with each other and a bunch of pigs as a "fun activity," FOR EXAMPLE, BEN.

In the real world, relationships take place within the context of jobs, family, life, commutes, errands...

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In Bachelor-land, it's no wonder that insecurities about the relationship run rampant. It's literally all there is to talk about.

If you're far enough along in a relationship to have sex, you need to be comfortable enough to call it sex. And have a conversation about it. And use the real word for it.

How will you talk about protection and testing if you can't even say "sex"??
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How will you talk about protection and testing if you can't even say "sex"??

Of course, the truth behind all of this is that producers are controlling what actually happens on The Bachelor.

Kind of wish I had a producer for my dating life, TBH.
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Kind of wish I had a producer for my dating life, TBH.

And most of all? Eight weeks is NOT LONG ENOUGH to know if you're ready to get married, especially when your partner is dating other people until literally the second before they ask you.

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So if anyone tried to treat you like the "contestants" get treated on The Bachelor? I hope you say, "BYE, BOO."

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Cuz you're worth more than that mess.