Will Slut-Shaming on ‘The Bachelorette’ Ever End?

Kaitlin and women like her don't deserve to be slut-shamed....
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Last night on the penultimate episode of The Bachelorette: Men Tell All special 17 of this season’s most memorable bachelors reunited to discuss Kaitlyn Bristowe, bromances and “the other guy” before next weeks final rose ceremony. But the big topic on everyone’s mind was Kaitlyn’s indiscretion with Nick Viall.

Weeks before the fantasy suite dates Kaitlyn took “the other guy” (Nick, who she brought in while the competition was already in progress) back to her room and had sex with him. The two consenting adults had sex, and people on the internet, like always, were quick to judge. Kaitlyn “broke” an unspoken Bachelor/Bachelorette rule — no sex until the fantasy suite — and that, in the eyes of certain people, made her “whore” and a “slut.”

To conclude the Men Tell All episode host Chris Harrison brought out Kaitlyn and read her some of the awful tweets she’s received throughout the season. One of them read:

“Kaitlyn is a selfish whore with no morals and a pathetic excuse for a human being!! She should just crawl in a hole and die… I hope the fans break her spirit so that our kids can see that whoring behavior isn’t rewarded…”

This particular tweet was sent to Kaitlyn by a mother. “When I’m reading that I just don’t understand how someone who is a mother figure can go out of their way to write that for the world to see, for me to see,” Kaitlyn said. “And she’s talking about how I’m teaching bad behavior yet she’s speaking like that to somebody.”

The internet has always been a harsh place for women, but a particularly harsh place for Kaitlyn and women like her. NEWSFLASH: people have sex and regardless of whether they regret it or not they don’t deserved to be shamed for it.

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