"In what I can only assume is an effort to make the show feel more modern and less like a guilty pleasure, Katie is being packaged as the Cool Girl, as described at length by Gillian Flynn in Gone Girl—an amalgamation of men’s perceived desires rolled into a single being that is cool with just about anything their man is cool with, even if it means 'eating cold pizza and reaming a size 2,'" says Shannon Melero. "This packaging is, of course, being eaten up by the men who frequently refer to Katie as a “real girl” and 'someone I can just laugh with' as if any other woman wouldn’t be real or have a sense of humor. While Katie’s laid back, I’m just here to have fun attitude worked well when she was part of a crowd, she’s now the star of the show and what was once the role of a jokester is now fully blown up to fill time and none of it translates when it’s just her by herself on a dais. She also for some reason feels the need to bring up multiple times that she is sex-positive but does absolutely no investigation into what that means to her personally or how she’d like to see that reflected in a partner. I’m not asking for a deep personal dive on the first night, but perhaps using more than a few giggles and the words 'sex' and 'confidence' would bring the audience in a bit more." ALSO: "Cat Man" was the real star of The Bachelorette premiere.