Because she’s been there and done that, literally, former Bachelor contestant/tear fountain Ashley Iaconetti is recapping this season of The Bachelorette for Cosmopolitan. With insider insight as well as a clear eye for what’s going down both in front of and behind the cameras, read on for her thoughts.
This post contains spoilers for last night’s episode of The Bachelorette.
Last night was the big windmill sex episode, but I’m still thinking about Tyler and Hannah’s date. Hannah didn’t want to have sex with Tyler in the fantasy suite so they could focus more on building their emotional relationship, not their (already hot) physical one. Tyler respected her decision so thoroughly it actually moved Hannah to tears the next morning. This is the type of gentleman every woman should be blessed with! I’m just glad my memories of Tyler have overshadowed Luke’s poor treatment of Hannah.
I’ve never seen anyone flip-flop harder than Luke. Could you imagine if he ran for office? He’s a staunch believer that Hannah cannot sleep with any of the guys one minute and the next moment, he’s flexible. Ugh, shall we go through all the issues that were present during the soon-to-be infamous sex talk? Yes, you say? Okay.
- Acting like he has a say in what Hannah does with her body before being in a committed, monogamous relationship.
- Shaming Hannah for having sex, and insinuating that she’s not a good Christian girl. (OMG, check out these tweets he sent during the broadcast!)
- Acting as if Hannah having sex is worse than any defined sin in the Bible he’s committed (like lying) throughout this season.
- Repeatedly using the term “slip up” as if Hannah’s sex life is a mistake. Talk about presumptuous!
- Luke saying that Hannah owes him ANYTHING!
Can we just take a moment to appreciate how well Hannah was able to articulate her rage and frustration? I remember when some worried she wouldn’t be able to carry this season and questioned her communication skills. This scene (and entire season, season) was a big middle finger to all those critics! She knew exactly what to say to put Luke in his place. Hopefully, he truly listens to what she said and learns from it.
Luke needed this wake up call. I might get some flack for this, but I truly don’t think that Luke intentionally meant to shame Hannah. I think he’s totally ignorant and the least self aware person I’ve ever witnessed. The fact that he comes back next week to interrupt the rose ceremony proves it. He needs to do a lot of self-reflecting before he passes judgments on other people, especially someone that he views as a future wife.
Hannah has proven to be one of the most empowering female leads this show has ever had. I believe she’s inspiring women around the country to embrace themselves wholeheartedly, demand to be treated with respect, and to stand up for their beliefs. Hannah definitely wasn’t too shy to admit she has sex with Peter in the windmill. Obviously, we all knew this was coming, but if you were like me, you were surprised that the sex was with Peter. Their date was sweet, but I can’t even elaborate on that. I feel like all of Peter’s dates are nice, but not super memorable.
Even though we collectively don’t want Hannah to end up with Jed because he left a girlfriend back home, he kinda had a point that Hannah has an issue letting go of things that are bad for her. It’s evidence that Jed does understand Hannah and it is trying to connect on another. I appreciate that he was honest enough to admit this quality of hers is worrisome. I feel like Jed got himself into an unexpected, sticky situation coming on The Bachelorette with a girlfriend and he truly cares for Hannah. (FYI this still doesn’t make him trustworthy.) That being said, if I were to play devil’s advocate, I’d say he was trying to create a rift in their relationship so he could go home and pursue his ~music career~.
Annnddd, now that I’m starting in on the conspiracy theories (I hang out with my fiancé too much), I think I should wrap up this recap.
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