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‘the Bachelorette’ Season 19 Premiere: Most Cringeworthy Moments

A shirtless man telling Gabby that he wants a woman who “takes care of herself physically” felt very superficial.

Jacob, Gabby Windey, and Rachel Recchia.
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During a fireside chat with Gabby, Jacob — a 27-year-old broker from Arizona — pulled out a list of qualities he’s looking for in a future partner. At the top of the list was the requirement that his would-be wife “takes care of herself physically.” 

Given that Jacob rode up shirtless on a horse, with his well-oiled muscles fully on display, his wish that a future significant other also be dedicated to physical fitness seemed a little superficial.

Of course, it’s not bad to want to share interests with your partner, and physical activity is a great way to bond, not to mention a key part of a healthy lifestyle. But sometimes (as with Shake on the most recent season of “Love is Blind,” for example), people in the dating pool can use interest in physical activity as a way to weed out would-be partners with bigger bodies, before they’ve even gotten to know each other. 

It’s hard to tell what Jacob’s intentions were with this requirement — since he clearly has an interest in working out and maintaining his own body as well, it could just mean he’s looking for a partner who shares his passions.

However, it definitely seemed cringe to prioritize a passion for physical activity (which could also denote a smaller, more conventionally-attractive body) over other, more meaningful traits that don’t have anything to do with fitness or hobbies.  

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