Show puts women down
The reality show, Bride Wannabes, has become a hot topic in town. Two people, a life coach and a relationship expert, advise five single women looking for Mr Right.
Some people have formed an anti-Bride Wannabes group. The group's Facebook page was 'liked' by more than 1,600 people in a few days. They protest that the show portrays single women as 'leftover' and inferior. Also, they say the so-called experts cannot provide any professional qualifications. Most importantly, the show misleads people by implying that beauty can only be obtained through beauty parlours and cosmetic surgery, they add.
In my opinion, the show delivers wrong concepts about women, particularly to teenagers. Perseverance, honesty and acceptance are keys to good relationships with people, not physical appearance.
Lennon Tsoi, Notre Dame College
From the Editor
Thank you for your letter, Lennon. It is odd to think of half of humanity as being 'second class'. But this is what happens to women. We might think that we have equality, we even have an equal rights commission, but really we do not, when society believes that an unmarried woman is a problem which needs to be fixed. This sends the message that women are not individuals who are able to look after themselves.
Women often seem to want to marry simply for biological reasons. After a certain age, a woman will find it very difficult to have children. This does not happen with men. Few of them consider how old they will be when they start a family, or the consequence of paying for a university education when they are about to retire.
Perhaps the producers will do the same sort of thing for men, and change the name to Wannabe Married.