I remember when housewives on TV resembled the ones in real life. My mother was definitely June Cleever. Cleaning, baking, washing, shopping and generally looking after the house and family all while her hair was perfect and she was dressed impeccably. Few could pass this standard today but what in the world are they trying to pass off as “Real Housewives” on TV now?
Firstly, let me say that I have never watched an episode of any of the “Real Housewives” shows. EVER. My opinion is based purely on their commercials and the odd 30 seconds I’ve unintentionally seen while scrambling to find the remote.
I’m not sure if any of these women do what normal housewives do around the world but I very much doubt it. If you drop by on me on any given day of the week, I will be doing housework. I probably will be filthy and in sweats. Didn’t really catch a glimpse of that in any of their previews.
It isn’t the lack of domestic skills that will never see me tuning in. It is the way the relationships between the women are portrayed. How can these women treat each other in such a horrible way. Hand in the face, drinks thrown, gossiping, ganging up on one another, cold shoulder and all around bat sh*t crazy is the impression I get.
I hate that women’s friendships are being portrayed this way, real or scripted. My girlfriends are the best and we treat each other with respect. They have seen me through a lot over the years. I know that at any given moment, I can call any one of them and they would be on my doorstep. We don’t always agree, but we talk it out. Our relationships are based on understanding and love.
I guess the thing that really upsets me is that there are probably young teenage girls watching those shows. They will think that girlfriend relationships look like that when they get older. Just like high school but more cliquey and bitchier…in nicer clothes.
The best show on TV I have ever seen on girlfriend relationships is hands down, Sex in the City. Sometimes you are closer to one girlfriend then another, sometimes you need a break from each other, sometimes you don’t agree but always, always in the end, they will have your back and support you, no matter what your decision. They will raise you up and catch you when you fall. That is true friendship.
I’m be no means suggesting that my friends and I are anything like the girls on Sex in the City. Our relationships are, but our lifestyle is definitely not. Now that we are all in our 50’s, I’d say we resemble this more: