Huh? Um, no thank you.
Do all these bachelor/bachelorette dating shows it seem strange to anyone else? “Date My Mom”, “A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila”, “Flavor of Love”, “Rock of Love with Bret Michaels” and “Blind Date”, all originating from “Joe Millionaire” or if you want to look back even farther, “The Dating Game” from the 1970’s.
I looked around on the internet this morning and found one blog user who believes this picking from a group and fast voting-off of “contestants” is influencing people, and not in a good way.
Since when did it become okay to peruse through a stable of candidates as if you’re buying horseflesh? To make a passel of women (or men) compete for you in ridiculous and humiliating tests? Okay, I get that it’s hard to find your perfect soul mate, but come on! If you don’t show respect for the person you’re dating, they won’t show respect for you.
As a romance writer, I’m especially galled by this whole ideology. Maybe it’s because of my nature that I am a romance writer.
But am I different than most women when I say I want my man to take one look at me and know he has to have me? To be fulfilled and delighted by me alone? To plan special dinners and romantic getaways because he just can’t get enough of me?
All I can say is I’m happy I’m married to the love of my life because I would not survive in today’s dating world. And thank God for romance novels.