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Age of Love



Dating show debacle demeans women of all ages.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The show's format -- in which women compete against each other for a man's attention and treat each other poorly in the process -- is based on an underlying sexism. Older women are called "cougars," and younger women are called "kittens," further perpetuating their sexualized, animalized, minimized status. The women don't help matters, criticizing each other and referring to each other in demeaning ways.

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Discussion of sex, attraction, and desire -- especially in relation to age and how it affects all of these things. Some revealing outfits.


Occasional "bitch" and "hell."


Shot of Downy in the background.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Frequent champagne and wine drinking during dating and celebration scenes.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this dating reality show pits older and younger women against each other for a man's attention. The two groups are particularly harsh in their criticisms of each other (for example, one younger woman refers to the older women as "wrinkled," with "saggy boobs"). There's some discussion of sex, especially as it relates to age. There's a strong focus on physical attractiveness. Some language ("bitch," "hell," etc.) and social drinking.

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What's the story?

Dating reality show AGE OF LOVE takes the formula from The Bachelor and gives it a "what were they thinking?" twist. Thirty-year-old tennis pro Mark Philippoussis is ready to get down to the business of choosing a woman to get serious with -- well, as serious as you can get via reality TV, that is -- until he realizes that all of the candidates are in their 40s. It's a shock, but he gets over it and starts to concentrate more on their beauty and personality ... until he's presented with another twist. A group of "kittens" in their 20s is joining the fray, ready to compete against the more mature "cougars."

Is it any good?


Pitting women against women in competition for a man and basing everything on whether or not the older ones are as attractive as their younger counterparts sends some pretty questionable messages about body image and what matters in a mate. In some ways, the show is designed to favor the older women, who -- while contending with wrinkles and kids (one has a son almost as old as Philippoussis) -- come off as much more intelligent and secure than the silly, catty twentysomethings. But all in all, this show doesn't accomplish much besides perpetuating sexist stereotypes, and kids, teens, and probably even adults should stay away.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the show's messages about age and attractiveness. What assumptions does the show make about age as it relates to women? Do these same assumptions hold true for men? Why or why not? Families can also discuss how age affects relationships. Are your parents about the same age as each other, or is there a big disparity? What are the advantages and disadvantages of dating someone older, younger, or approximately the same age as you?

TV details

Cast:Mark Consuelos, Mark Philippoussis
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG

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Adult Written byjella40 April 9, 2008

Pathetic Show Pitting Women Against Women

This show peeked my curiosity as I am a 40 year old woman. The problem with this show is that it it is very predictable and a huge STEREOTYPE. Despite the compliements that the bachelor eloquently makes about the older women, it is obvious that like most men his age that he is into the superficiality of looks, boobs and fun! I was disgusted with the comments that the 20 year olds were making about the 40 year olds and vice versa. It is obvious 1) that the the producers did not select the most intelligent 20 something woman or 2) the most attractive 40 somthing women. When I was in my 20's my peer group consisted of driven, very successful, motivated career women ( accountants, engineers, teachers, residents in medical programs etc.)The 20 something and the 40 somethingers seem like proverbial bimbos. As with most dating shows, the show itself is it and the contestants don't remain together, have no solidifying relationships...just people eager to break into the business are panting for attention. Jellee--40 and fine
Kid, 9 years old April 9, 2008

I saw......

I saw this show on NBC on the night it premeried. This show is AWESOME! How can CSM say ANYTHING bad about this show?
Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008

I lost six brain cells watching this!



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