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Last night’s episode was Fantasy Suites and things got turbulent!
Peter seems really LOST this season.
For anyone who is new to Bachelor Nation, Fantasy Suites are famously set-up as the place where contestants have the chance to sleep with the Bachelor or Bachelorette but as many former cast members have reported, it is MUCH more about the chance you have to spend time alone together without cameras. Get your minds out of the gutter.
OKAY. Quick Recap of the Fantasy Suite Dates in the order we saw them:
- Hannah Ann:
Peter steals Hannah Ann for an afternoon of jet-skiing and canoodling on the beach. They proceed to have the most NORMAL date, accept a key to the fantasy suite, and spend the night together.
- Victoria F:
Peter takes Victoria on a helicopter ride (HE’S A PILOT REMEMBER?!), they land by a waterfall and Peter tells Victoria there is nothing she needs to fix in their relationship. Its 99% fine. Over dinner, Victoria blames her ex-boyfriend for her poor communication skills. They spend the night together in the fantasy suite and we’re all so over it.
On to the main event! Madi and Peter climb a really tall building because love requires taking risks.
“If tall heights be the food of love, climb on.”-Shakespeare…ish.
Madi takes a bigger risk over dinner and asks Peter if he slept with the other women. When he admits that he did, Madi is faced with the decision of if she can accept this and stay or if her journey ends in Australia.
The theme of this week’s episode (aside from Pound Town TM) was communication. Communication is SO important in a healthy relationship. We got to see both sides of how communication can make or break a relationship this week from both Madi and Victoria F.
In Madi’s case, we can see that even in healthy or happy relationships, if you can’t communicate, you are going to hit some major
road blocks turbulence. When you are such different people or come from such different backgrounds, you have to be able and willing to be have hard conversations and if or how you can sort them out. I think Madi is finding that she and Peter aren’t on the same page she thought they were and that could spell the end of their relationship. This MIGHT (not definitely, but MIGHT) have been avoided, if they had communicated sooner and more openly about their differences and how to sort them out.
On Victoria’s side, we can see how unhealthy relationships can be built and maintained through deliberately poor communication. Victoria isn’t a monster. She isn’t a lost cause. But if she is going to be able to build healthy relationships, she needs some serious introspection and honestly some therapy. None of that will be accomplished if she keeps gaslighting, manipulating, and running from every deeper conversation. Even on their Fantasy Suite date, the date where we’ve seen her cry the LEAST, she still turned weepy every time Peter tried to bring up anything that even remotely looked like a conversation on the areas for growth in their relationship. Victoria keeps deflecting and running every time Peter tries to go deeper. At best, she’s missing out on a chance to grow. At worst, she’s deliberately sabotaging Peter’s attempts at building a healthy relationship and manipulating him to the point where he is easier to control.
The last thing we want to touch on today is the difference between Luke P and Madison. Madi has boundaries and choices based on her belief system. Agree or not, believe the same or not, you HAVE to respect her right to make those choices. And communicating those choices to Peter was absolutely okay. Their relationship couldn’t have moved anywhere without him having that information. The key was that she laid out her boundaries and stuck to them without shaming him for making different choices.
Luke P, on the other hand, had a history of gaslighting, manipulating, and shaming Hannah B. His ultimatum to her set the tone that this would change how he thought of HER as a person. He wasn’t laying out his boundaries and choices and asking her to respect him. He was trying to make her choices for her. That isn’t a standard or a boundary. That’s control and shame. And we don’t have time for that in 2020.
Our thorn of the week goes to Victoria F (this is a new record) for taking WAY TOO MUCH pleasure in Madi’s discomfort and pushing her insecurities. Again, women and femmes…we’ve got to build each other up, not get ahead by tearing each other down.
Our rose of the week goes to Hannah Ann, our unexpectedly unproblematic queen. Her confidence in herself and her relationship, despite being in the weirdest friggin’ situation speaks volumes. She was kind, empathetic, and compassionate with Peter AND with the other girls and she didn’t take the process personally. We’re rooting for you, Hannah Ann.
Until next week, Ranters! We hope the nosy Kangaroos from Peter and Madi’s date are keeping their eye on you. If not, we’re still here for you 24/7 at 815-756-5228.