'The Bachelor' Is All About Sisterhood

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General societal stereotypes will tell you that when a group of women get in a room together, there is nothing for them to do but fight. They’ll snivel and snipe and shriek, powered only by the need to be the alpha female in the group, to assert dominance over other women in the group. Anecdotally, I’ve found these situations to be few and far between, especially in situations where one could expect a lot of infighting. Look at The Bachelor, for example. Cramming 30 women in a house to fight over one man could lead to some heavy drama, and while there are fights (which I feel are mostly edited to look bigger than they are), many women on The Bachelor come out with 29 more friends and 0 more boyfriends than they had before. In fact, Nick Viall’s Bachelor: Women Tell All featured more sisterhood than anything else. Who needs a man when you can have an army of new BFFs?

That’s not to say that there was no fighting during Women Tell All — the producers couldn’t let no drama roll in. Corinne and Taylor got into it a bit, and some of the other women called Taylor a bully, but mostly, the women were on each other’s team. Liz, who slept with Nick at Jade and Tanner’s wedding and then came on the show to give things another chance, was eliminated from the show because Nick thought her shot at The Bachelor was a bit attention-seeking (it kinda was, if you ask me), but Liz’s teary-eyed monologue about knowing who she is and trying to be the best person she could be was so well-received and supported by the other women on the show that everyone was basically crying and talking about what an amazing person Liz is. Her time in the WTA hot seat could have been a prime moment to jump on her for being there "for the wrong reasons," but that's not what happened. The women stood by her and up for her — which was pretty cool to see.

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Corinne, who had her detractors on the season, was mostly accepted on Women Tell All, with good pal Josephine singing her praises all night. Some of the WTA basically seems to be prime Bachelor In Paradise auditioning time, but the optimist in me wins over the cynic here — I think these women really do all like each other. And when Kristina got on stage to share her struggles and talk about her childhood in Russia, it was like she had 19 other cheerleaders up on stage with her.

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Of course, this isn’t necessarily new for The Bachelor. Contestants frequently become very, very close after being on the show, and there are plenty of Bachelor besties from seasons past — Jade and Carly, Andi and Sharleen, Renee and Des, etc. When there’s only one guy to date and you’re not feeling it (or he's not), you may as well make lemons from lemonade and make some best friends.

Generally speaking, the women on The Bachelor aren’t catty, vindictive harpies looking to do anything to marry the man that’s in front of them. Those women exist, but they’re few and far between. Most are normal women who want a shot at love and perhaps some time on television, and then they come back home with a bunch of new pals. Nick Viall’s Women Tell All highlighted this fact — the women (save for Raven or Vanessa, since we don’t know who takes home that ring) may not have Nick, but they certainly have each other.