Reality television has often gotten a bad rap for criticisms such as celebrating personal drama and consumerism and fostering racial and gender stereotypes. But this year’s season of "The Bachelorette" spurred widespread conversations about sexism, sex and religion, and some people point to shows like "Project Runway" as examples of ways to learn about new creative pursuits and healthy competition. This all begs the question: Is there more to the medium than meets the disdainful eye?

Jim Braude was joined by Joanna Weiss, editor-in-chief of Experience Magazine and author of a recent piece in The Boston Globe, "What ‘The Bachelorette’ taught my 15-year-old daughter," and Jen Deaderick, author of "She The People."