Amy immediately chimed in with some free dating advice -- saying ''See that man over there? Though a smokin' hot chick in her twenties may seem pretty great, Miss Amy was obviously right on the money. In it, three "dating experts": Emily Morse, a sex expert with a radio show in San Francisco; Amy Laurent, a New York City matchmaker; and Julia Allison, who's described on the show as a dating columnist and now lives in L.I'd like to see it, and I'd like to see women, who are successful and powerful in their own right or at least, have made names and careers for themselves, not fall back and rely on these same old tropes.Failing that, take us back to the old days of , when we at least got to make fun of everyone equally instead of whiplashing between stereotypes of women ranging from husband-hungry to sex-crazed to messed-up to mean to men or to the worst of all, sad and pathetic.Well, Amy finally showed up for the event and, as it turns out, she had a valid reason.Obama was in town jamming up midtown traffic for his ,000-a-head campaigning dinner/game of hoops with Michael Jordan, so I had to let her slide.Hoping to get it right, we tune into a show or read a book to teach us "The Rules." And then, maybe, we feel better: We weren't all that bad to start with!But those rules are fake, and, with shows like , those women are the actual teachers, which makes it all the more ridiculous.
(Wink-wink, nudge-nudge.) In so doing, Bravo gives viewers a whole new type of dating show, including an element we've seen before, for instance, in episodes of in which we got glimpses into Patti Stanger's sometimes troubled dating life.
The beauty of this show, though it was ridiculous, was that men and women were on a basically even plane: They were both capable of looking like total jerks or insane people, and often did (it's the way of dating, after all, and more than that, the way of the successful dating show.
Chalk it up to human foibles, schadenfreude, whatever). These also mostly pitted men and women against each other on something of an even playing field, with a game show feel that made both sexes seem pretty idiotic.
But it makes me wonder: Can a dating show treat women fairly without belittling them or resorting to stereotypes?
Can a dating show ever allow a woman to be happy, to be having fun and owning her life and doing what she wants to do, evolving as she does it?
Throughout the night Amy worked the room effortlessly, and with a front row seat I got to see this shiny woman in action.