And she was a wearing a cardigan that had about 60 buttons sewn to the front of it -- officially making her one of the cutest moms to ever appear on a hometown date.
While Ilene liked Ashley, she worried that her son's heart would be "broken the way it was broken before." (Uh, what exactly did this guy's ex do? Let's not forget that little Internet ad sales title -- or something to that effect -- that conveniently slipped off of his job description card as the season has progressed. Sure, he's a little goofy sometimes and tries a little too hard to play up his cuteness.
None of the other hometown dates were disastrous -- unfortunately for us, there weren't any taxidermy-filled rooms or trips to the mortuary this season -- but it seems all but a forgone conclusion at this point that Ashley will end up engaged to J. Sure, Ben, the winemaker from Sonoma, is putting up a good fight. "It needs to work, otherwise, it just doesn't work for me," he said of the family dynamic. Luckily for Ashley, the other ladies in Ben's life seemed OK with her -- and his mom even told Ben that his late father was probably looking down on him and thinking "well done." The moment stirred a bunch of emotions for Ben, who apologized to his mom for not being a better son when the death occurred. This week, my pity was reserved for Ames, who is clearly still suffering from the concussion he got back in Asia.
Despite being endlessly teased with a Bentley confrontation, the tell-all special kicks off with a look back at Bachelorette Ashley’s highlights from the season, which features pretty much the only interesting things that we’ve already seen.
There was the guy with the mask, there was the guy who drank too much the first night, and there was Bentley, who was a jerk.
The worst thing about "The Bachelor" isn't that it's sexist, or that it perpetuates negative stereotypes about women, or that it exploits emotionally vulnerable people, or even that it reinforces illogical ideas about what makes a lasting relationship.
It isn't even the franchise's weirdness about sex, or the double standards to which Bachelors and Bachelorettes are held when it comes to sleeping with their potential mates.
They’re mildly charming, but there’s nothing here that could be called revelatory.
Clearly the producers are aiming for some smut as Chris Harrison brings up the kinky props that some sex-on-the-brain viewers have spotted in the foreground of certain scenes.
No, the most sinister theme on the show is the woman-on-woman slut-shaming.
The site defines slut-shaming as "the act of making a girl or a woman feel guilty about certain sexual behaviors that deviate from societal norms.
I'm going to start this by getting an ugly confession out of the way. I know that the show is, as my boyfriend put it, "the height of anti-intellectualism in America." I know it's warped and scripted and everything wrong with our society. And in the embarrassing amount of time I've spent watching and rewatching episodes during the past several weeks, I've come to a conclusion.
However, that doesn't mean that I can't analyze and be disturbed by it as well.
Slut shaming includes women who wear provocative clothes, women who showcase promiscuous sexual behavior, women who have casual sex or premarital sex, women who request access to birth control and women who have an abortion.