If men were central characters in these shows nobody would watch. Men are pretty boring in the relationship department. Rating spike when woman are behaving badly. That look when a woman is trashing another woman is what viewers crave. Those demeaning words about the other woman’s appearance are priceless in the rating game. Contestants don’t realize how they are being seen, and they don’t hold back from being uncivil to each other. Hours of recording are cut and pasted to give what the viewers want. Yes those woman are being exploited. Those woman who sign contracts to be on those shows know what they are getting into. Some regret it after the producers chop up the recording and only put in the best parts. Despite that there is a steady stream of women who want to sign up. There is no law against making a fool of yourself.