The drama between Bryce and Bec has continued to escalate ever since Bec revealed to the group that Bryce (allegedly) has a secret girlfriend outside the experiment. We’ve seen him complaining about Bec upsetting his wife repeatedly, suggesting that her issues stem from her being romantically interested in him.
Last night, things came to a head when, during an argument, Bryce walked up to Jake (Bec’s “husband”) and tried to shake his hand, “crowning” him the King of the Experiment. He then walked up to Bec to crown her Queen, but instead of shaking her hand he forcibly kissed her on the cheek while she yelled at him to get off her.
It was tough to watch for more than just the cringe factor or annoyance of Bryce hogging camera time. How many women can say they’ve had their personal space invaded, that even despite protesting or telling someone else that you aren’t interested, they still continue to disrespect your privacy and space. And how many women can attest to having their bodies touched without permission, or their space being dominated by a man, one who uses his body to intimidate them? The sad reality is that a majority of us can say yes to any and all of the above. That so many men don’t even consider this an invasion of a woman’s personal space is alarming, as Bryce’s actions show just how ingrained in society such behaviour has become.
Last night, despite physically and verbally indicating she did not want to be touched, Bryce ignored Bec completely and invaded her space. Despite treating her husband with respect, this went out the window when he turned to Bec, essentially seeing her space as fair game. He’s continued to suggest she’s into him, believing her criticism of his behaviour to be nothing more than some perverse form of negging. And all that indicates is how deeply problematic Bryce’s behaviour is and how it mirrors that of countless males around the world.