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The series showcases young women who engage in negative social behavior to have fun and/or to resolve conflict. It's an extremely negative, stereotypical portrayal of strong women.
Positive Role Models
The cast members appear unable to handle their disputes maturely and rationally, relying instead on lying, cheating, and fighting to solve problems.
Violence & Scariness
Violence and/or threats of violence are often used as a way of resolving conflict. Cast members are sometimes seen pushing, shoving, slapping, and punching each other. Several of the women have serious anger-management issues; other violent behavior is motivated by drinking too much.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some scenes include kissing and making out. Some strong references to sexual behavior. Some of the housemates dance suggestively.
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Frequent use of words like "bitch," "whore," and "ass." Stronger language is bleeped out.
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Products & Purchases
Some of the young women are extremely materialistic. Southwest Airlines logo is visible.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Frequent consumption of alcohol and tobacco products. Some cast members are seen drinking excessive amounts of hard liquor and then engaging in violent behavior.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this negative reality show from the creators of The Real World doesn't fall far from the tree, zeroing in on conflict and bad behavior and passing them off as entertainment. The series follows a group of women who were selected to live together because of their inclination for negative behavior, which ranges from lying to physical violence. Don't let the TV-14 rating fool you: The antics and examples on display here aren't fit for teens (or anyone, for that matter). Conflicts between cast members -- which sometimes include physical fighting -- are the focus of the show. Cast members are often seen drinking excessively, which sometimes serves as a motivator for more violent behavior.
Is It Any Good?
Like any reality show, The Bad Girls Club has some soap opera-ish storylines, as well as some soul-searching among cast members as they begin to think about their own behavior as well as their relationships with their roommates. But the show's real focus is on the ladies' excessive arguing and physical fighting. While the housemates may believe that their aggressive, often-outlandish behavior empowers them, the show presents them as a group of catty, irrational girls who are more interested in creating a spectacle of themselves. It's an extremely negative, stereotypical portrayal of strong women and offers a very misguided interpretation of what assertive, self-confident women are really all about.
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