Part Two: Disgustology Teaches The Bachelor Show Manners


By now, if you’ve read part one, you’ll know that a leading disgustologist Valerie Curtis has recently linked tiny organisms or microbes to manners and our future. I reckon her scientific research contains a real gem for contestants on reality TV show The Bachelor.

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© Rozaliya / Fotolia

What’s more it’s a gem that’s likely to be of more value than the one set in the upcoming Aussie winner’s engagement ring. 

Here’s a cheat sheet on the show which has recently landed Down Under from its US creators. It’s about a guy, often a hottie, who speed dates a bunch of women living in the same house, eliminating at least two each week, until he’s gone from 25 to two. Unless you’re Brad Womack, in the final nail-biting episode, the bachelor makes a marriage proposal to his top choice.

Along the way, he handpicks women to go on one-on-one or group dates that feature spectacular settings, amazeballs product giveaways, and beautifully dressed tables. You’ll know about the table bit if you read part one of this two-part series.

At the end of each episode, every woman wants to hear the bachelor say, “Will you accept this rose?” A rose means surviving another week.

red rose

I love The Bachelor because it’s human evolution and manners in action. I’m fascinated at how the group of contestants approach – or plot – their survival on the show and mostly without manners.

Throughout the show, the bachelor has tons of make out sessions with a host of women as keen for lip action as Usain Bolt is to win a race. You’ve got to check out how the women trade verbal bitch slaps when they think someone’s landed a kiss on a date.

It appears, though, The Bachelor contestants have turned off their disgust system which Curtis says motivates us to recognise and avoid potential infection. After all, neither the contestants nor the bachelor check in with each other before they exchange saliva, lips and tongues.

I’m no medical expert but based on my healthcare marketing background, some pathogens like oral herpes or herpes simplex I virus (otherwise called cold sores) can be easily transmitted by kissing.

For the record, I’m not implying that anyone on this show carries an infection, nor am I calling for an end to Bachelor make out sessions. It’s just that the more people you make out with, your chances of exchanging something you may not want is increased. Geddit?

Then again, having worked closely with medical experts in this field, I also know cold sores are a common condition. Often, people don’t even know they carry the virus.

Besides, Curtis adds that we may perhaps find kissing attractive because it signals your partner is serious, to the point where they will contemplate sharing your pathogens.

I’ll defo be glued to the upcoming “fantasy suite” episode where the final two contestants have the option to “get a room” with the bachelor, at separate times.

What I also recall from my marketing work around this pesky virus which comes in two types, is that experts say there’s always a possibility to transmit an infection if some form of barrier – for both men and women – is not used during sex.

Surprisingly, genital herpes or herpes simplex 2 virus can even be transmitted by skin to skin contact. Dry humpers, beware! Again, I’m not implying that anyone participating in The Bachelor carries an infection or walks away from a make out stakeout.

What I am advocating is that people everywhere have the opportunity to make an informed choice and manners can make sure this happens, especially in decisions around fantasy suites.

And, given the idea behind the show is to snag a wedding proposal, I can’t think of a better gobsmacking idea than if a contestant gave respect and built co-operation with all other contestants along the way. It would surely mean an end to the evil eyes, verbal bitch slapping, and claw sharpening in order to land the bachelor.

Sadly, the winner and her bachelor will never know if they’ve got the best deal in each other. Sorry Tim Robards, you seem like a nice bloke. You see, the absence of manners means that there’s no opportunity to build openness which probably isn’t a great start to a long term relationship.

  • When do you really wish someone used manners in their words or actions?
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