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Ready for Love

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Reality dating contest sends mixed messages about love.

TV NBC Reality TV 2013
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Hosted by Bill and Giuliana Rancic, Ready for Love boasts lots of flashing lights and dramatic stage gimmicks designed to appeal to live audiences. The conversations with the matchmakers, whose distinct matchmaking styles lead to different and often conflicting advice, also adds to the show's entertainment quality. But if you look beyond the fanfare, what you find are the typical trappings of a reality dating show, including lots of young, attractive, model-thin women who are competing for the love of a man they barely know, fantasy dates, and theatrical eliminations.

The women featured here are educated, professional, and don't necessarily define their self-worth by their ability to win the heart of the man they are vying for. But many of them appear desperate -- especially when they are arguing with each other or participating in challenges (like boxing matches) that pit them against other women in order to win some dating perks. As a result, healthy messages about self-esteem and personal relationships get lost in the fray.

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