ABC confirms Emily Maynard is ready to have a man “make her his wife” (really)

Emily Maynard will star in The Bachelorette 8, ABC confirmed today, although rumors and tabloid reports have been saying that for months.

The network’s press release calls her “the beautiful, sweet, young mom who captured America’s and Brad Womack’s heart on the 15th season of The Bachelor” and says that her “strength, passion and southern charm — as a mother and as a woman — would make anyone happy to make her his wife.”

Make her his wife? Are they fucking kidding? Or are we regressing backwards with each season, so pretty soon we’ll just have families pushing their daughters toward a man along with wads of cash and a goat?

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.