Academic journal article Journal of Leisure Research

Two Women, a Bottle of Wine, and the Bachelor: Duoethnography as a Means to Explore Experiences of Femininity in a Leisure Setting

Academic journal article Journal of Leisure Research

Two Women, a Bottle of Wine, and the Bachelor: Duoethnography as a Means to Explore Experiences of Femininity in a Leisure Setting

Article excerpt


Callie: Isn't the purpose of an abstract similar to that of the The Bachelor show sucker you into reading the rest of the paper?

Karen: Yep, and I am not quite sure how to sell something like this in 120 words. The Bachelor does it well with sex scenes, enticing images of stunningly beautiful women on exotic vacations with a typically shirtless man, and scandalous scenes of women fighting and crying.

Callie: OK, so since our paper is about us using duoethnography to explore our experiences of femininity within the leisure space of watching The Bachelor, how do we make that sound sexy and fun enough for people to keep reading?

Karen: Well, we could include this conversation...

Host: This week on The Bachelor, we will meet Callie and Karen, the two women who have agreed to participate on this journey. And believe me, it will be a juicy season...

[Camera cuts to a clip of Callie and Karen watching the show.]

Callie: That sash makes you look insane, the hat's alright, and the grandma...kinda cute.

Karen: Bunny-boiler, nut job, and what is a "blogger?"

Callie: Bad teeth! Get her outta here!

Karen: A "VIP cocktail waitress?" What's that? Just say "lap dancer." It's so bad.

Karen: You know "bimbo model" is in.

Callie: I think that "sobbing girl in the bathroom" is in.

Callie: This is upsetting [in a joking tone].

Both: [hilariously giggling]

[Camera cuts back to the host.]

Host: Well get an insiders look as they prepare themselves to begin their first evening of research. We asked Callie and Karen the same questions that we ask the bachelorettes for their bios, and we'll now reveal their responses. Let's meet Callie, a Ph.D. student from Staunton, VA, and Karen, a University Professor from Tarrytown, NY.

Host: Our journey this week will take us to the "inner sanctum" of Karens house, the site where these women begin the duoethnography of their experience of watching ABC's TV show, The Bachelor.

[Camera zooms in on Karen in a red 3-button jacket over a white dress shirt paired with her "good jeans" and silver flats. Her chin-length blonde hair is tussled as she furiously tidies her basement bedroom. Wielding cleaning implements in both hands, she multitasks dusting, vacuuming, and stashing stray shoes and clothes. Profound confusion on her face, she fumbles the video camera out of its box and tries all angles of attaching it to the tri-pod. Success! She balances it on the denim blue oversized ottoman and plays with angles in which both her flat screen TV, about six feet away on the wall, and the backs of their heads will be visible in the recording.]

[Camera cuts to Callie's bedroom. She sports black yoga pants, running shoes, and a white fleece tunic. She frowns disapprovingly in the mirror and disappears into her closet to emerge in a pair of dark-wash skinny jeans, boots, and a red cashmere sweater. Much better.]

[Camera follows Callie into her kitchen. She is holding a bottle of "two buck chuck" red wine with a pensive look on her face. She returns it to the cupboard, notices the clock on the stove, and bolts from the house. In the next shot, she wears the same worried look on her face, but this time is standing in front of racks of wine at the local liquor store. Unable to make a choice, she grabs a couple $10 bottles with stylish-looking labels and dashes to her Honda Element to make it to Karens house on time.]

Commercial Break

Commercial One: Duoethnography

On January 2, 2012, ABC aired the first episode of the sixteenth season of the TV show, The Bachelor. It was a wildly successful show; millions of viewers tuned in to watch the action for two juicy hours every Monday night for 12 weeks. We were two of those millions. As white heterosexual women in the viewer age range demographic of 25-54, we epitomize the show's target audience. Utilizing duoethnography, we videotaped ourselves watching each episode of The Bachelor, wrote reflections on each Monday night's experience, and then spent a long weekend rewatching and taking notes on the 25 hours of video footage of ourselves watching The Bachelor. …

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