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‘Real’ ‘Housewives’? I Think Not!

Updated on March 21, 2012

'Real' 'Housewives'

Is it really all about clean dishes, freshly cooked meals when the father comes home, and aprons....or chauffeurs, nannies, and $$$$?
Is it really all about clean dishes, freshly cooked meals when the father comes home, and aprons....or chauffeurs, nannies, and $$$$?

‘Real’ ‘Housewives’? I Think Not!

While I don’t live in Orange County, New York City, Atlanta, Beverly Hills, New Jersey, or Miami, I have to admit…. I have a love/hate relationship with the show on Bravo!

The true meaning, according to the dictionary of “real” is actual, factual, and genuine. The true meaning, according to the dictionary of “housewives” is a married woman, who stays at home to manage the household.

Since I watch the shows, this information makes me go “hmmmmm….”

With their private jets, trips around the world, nannies and nurses for each individual child, parties, casinos, restaurants, Girls’ Night Outs, hotels, personal hairstylists and make-up artists for every event from “fabulous” to “unfathomable”, limo rides everywhere; botox injections, liposuction, and multiple plastic surgeries to make them “perfect”; designer everything, personal chefs, colossal houses, posh cars, personal trainers, and children’s birthday parties so lavish that they cost more than a wedding, car, and a house combined for us “common folk”, they are not exactly the quintessential “real housewives.”

I am not married to a multi-millionaire, plastic surgeon, former/current professional athlete, entrepreneur, convicted felon, attorney, or a man delinquent on his child support, nor do I have a “Big Pappa” or billionaire “sugar daddy”.

And I am not a model, actress, or author of cookbooks; I do not have a private label for my shoes, dress or makeup line, nor does anyone care to hear me sing, let alone create a song for my un-talented voice; I was never a childhood actress or famous; I live in an apartment that I rent, work full-time, and have a child (that my husband and I raise together-no nannies here!), I have car payments, and bills, bills, bills, and I am more “real” and “housewife” than any of them are!

But, look at me, no one is following me around with cameras all day to record my mundane life, and that suits me just fine; I will just continue to live my life being “real” and a “housewife!”

'Real' 'Housewives'

An example of the 'Real Housewives'; although, they doesn't look too much like members in my mom's group!
An example of the 'Real Housewives'; although, they doesn't look too much like members in my mom's group!

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      literatelibran 4 years ago from Williamsburg, Virginia

      Those shows are addictive. Despite the "posh" lifestyles you so skillfully describe, the shows make me feel better about my life. My friends are real, my mistakes aren't public, and my success isn't contingent on my mockability. Good post!

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Keep it real girl!! That is exactly right - I do watch the show but it's ridiculous! What do they do that would actually really help out a housewife unless you want Botox or a mani/pedi??

      Adrienne Madoof can't even make a peanut butter sandwich!! Ha!

      I love this hub!!

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      Stacy Harris 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      I could never stand this show for the reasons you just mentioned. They are not real housewives in any meaning of the word!

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      I couldn't agree with you more! These shows should definitely not be called anything to do with housewives. I used to watch the Orange County show - but then got too irritated with Ne Ne and Kim. The Beverly Hills one grabbed me for a while, but then I got bored with the whole blonde / plastic look. These women are hilarious. Enjoyed your hub :)