Give Me That Rose!

By Carlyn Spangler,

A rose can symbolize many things: love, promise and hope.

For the women on the Bachelor, it symbolizes an idea that they can end up with the love of their life.

A little dramatic? Perhaps, but that is the basis of the ABC reality show, The Bachelor. I am a guilty viewer of this show and I find humor in watching these girls fight over one man. I know that this is a reality show, but for the sake of this article let’s pretend that these 25 girls are really on a journey in the search for love.

The search for love on the Bachelor is a rocky one.If you have watched some of the episodes from this season with Brad Womack then you will know what I am talking about. The women are more aggressive and emotional than ever. For those of you who know about the rose ceremony, you know that the Bachelor hands out roses to each girl that he wants to get to know better. The women who do not receive a rose are rejected on national television and they end up pouring their hearts out to the viewers watching at home.

Obviously tears are involved when the girl is rejected, but the interview after is when the emotional words really start flowing. With tissues in hand, each girl cries over how they thought they had something special with the Bachelor, and he just lost out on a great opportunity. Or my favorite is when they shrug their shoulders and say that they will always be alone and love is not in the cards for them.

I cannot help but feel sorry for these women, but at the same time how can they not watch the episodes and feel embarrassed for how they have been portrayed. Let’s be honest, this reality show is a competition. A rose does not symbolize love, but rather an opportunity to win. The majority of these women don’t even know who the Bachelor is, but for some reason they feel this attraction to him. This attraction is the thrill of victory. When numerous girls are fighting over one man, it is hard for others not to assimilate and start to secretly want the same.

However, what do these women really want?

They all claim to have come onto the show in the pursuit of love. They all claim that they have left their homes, families and friends for the chance of a lifetime, and they all claim that the Bachelor is the man of their dreams.

We all know the reality of this show, but for some reason we still watch. We want to see if the Bachelor can really find his true love, and we want to see these lonely women find their soul mate. A rose can indeed symbolize passion and desire, and deep down we all want each other to find true love, but not at the sake of our own happiness.

So in the meantime, I guess we will have to watch these girls fight over the rose in the hopes of turning the Bachelor into their soul mate.

About Jimmy Spencer

Jimmy Spencer has extensive experience in journalism and new media. As the founding editor of, Spencer combines his writing, reporting and editing skills to produce a "pretty good site about midtown." During the day, Spencer covers government and also covers the NBA. At night, he watches T.V. and plays on the Internet. Every now and then, he walks around his midtown neighborhood. Spencer began his professional journalism career with The Sacramento Bee, finishing his tenure with the McClatchy-owned newspaper in the new media department. Spencer moved to Connecticut where he continued his growth in new media as a writer/content producer for NBC Sports. Spencer also worked in media relations with the Sacramento River Cats, Minor League Baseball Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland A’s. Spencer graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from California State University, Sacramento where he served as Editor-in-Chief of The State Hornet campus newspaper. Spencer was raised in Marin County and currently lives in Sacramento, Calif. Spencer works in the community as a high school basketball coach in the Sacramento area.


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