'The Bachelorette' Is Better Than 'The Bachelor': Here's Why

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"The Bachelorette" - Episode 903
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"Episode 903" - Desiree pulls out all the stops and brings in the pros from the National Dodgeball League to teach the guys how to take their game to the next level. After a spirited practice session, the blue team of bachelors takes on the red team at the Americana in Los Angeles. The clash of titans ends up in an enormous heap, sending one person to the ER with a broken bone. How will this affect that night's after-party? Chris sweeps Desiree off her feet and sparks begin to fly. The two escape for a private concert under the stars by soul/pop/gospel singer Kate Earl, on "The Bachelorette."

If you are a devotee of ABC's "The Bachelorette," your love of reality television's find-your-one-true-love juggernaut likely began with "The Bachelor." However, as many seasons of "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" have come and gone (and heartbreaks continue to abound), it seems "The Bachelorette" has risen to the top -- or at least further from the bottom -- in terms of quality (even if ratings tell a different story). Here are three reasons why "The Bachelorette" is a better than "The Bachelor."

Girl power

Given how hard women have worked and the progress they've made to gain success and respect, there is something plain sad about seeing a house full of single women on "The Bachelor" pining over one man. Heaven forbid young girls see these attractive, often smart and successful, women in tears because they did not receive a rose.

On the flip side, there is "The Bachelorette," in which the woman is the one with the power and the men do their best to charm her and win her affection. They often put "The Bachelorette" on a virtual pedestal, going after any fellow contender whose intentions seem questionable and who may not be there for "the right reasons."

No catfights

There are enough TV shows these days filled with grown women attacking one another. From "The Real Housewives" bevy of boisterous babes to the demanding and finger pointing "Dance Moms," there are enough ear-piercing female quarrels on television to make even Jerry Springer cringe.

Do the fellows on "The Bachelorette" have disagreements? Of course, but at least it's something different than the countless other shows like "The Bachelor," which seem to believe ratings are proportional to the number of screaming women and tears shed.

More eye candy

If you started watching "The Bachelor" because you enjoyed seeing that one handsome man in a suit looking for love, aren't 25 dapper bachelors even better?

Everywhere you turn (TV, magazine covers, movies, the Internet), you can find beautiful, buxom women in bikinis. However "The Bachelorette" is one of the few places you will find a pool full of good-looking guys.

So if you are enjoying this season of "The Bachelorette" and consider it a guilty pleasure, but are worried someone might walk in the room and catch you fumbling with the remote, trying to flip to CNN... relax. "The Bachelorette" may not be highbrow entertainment, but at least it's better than "The Bachelor."

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