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If You Watch Real Housewives, Do You Hate Women?

We're thrilled to present our favorite Double X story here on TrèsSugar.

Washington Post TV critic Hank Stuever, who has a high tolerance for low culture, has had it with the Real Housewives. In his interesting essay this Sunday previewing The Real Housewives of D.C., Stuever puts his finger on exactly how the series has gone south. Once, he argues, Bravo was on “a mission to develop morality plays that covertly teach people (women and men, young and old) how not to behave.” The network was conspiring with us to recreate a universal code of conduct, by showing us what was outside the bounds of normal. We all understood that the ladies of Orange County are the anti-models of American parenting. We were in the pews and they were the point of the sermon.

Now we seem to be missing the point. The Housewives have become deeply ingrained in our culture, so we accept them. We buy their clothes and perfume; we read their books. Their behavior does not even seem so outlandish anymore, so we join along with them.

"The overall effect, he writes, "is one of mutual contempt — the Housewives hate one another, and the women who watch decide which woman they hate the most and which woman they hate the least. Men who like to watch women fight tune in, too, and the circle is thus complete: "The Real Housewives imparts a sinking feeling that it's made by and for people who can't stand women."


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Join The Conversation
stephley stephley 6 years
Oh geez. I can't get over that Bethany person. I saw a clip of her using a bucket as a potty on her wedding day on The Soup - think it scarred me for life.
Studio16 Studio16 6 years
No, classy people shouldn't laugh at others, but then I don't pretend that I'm the master of class and sophistication, which is exactly what some of the women on these shows do. For example, LuAnn from RHNY has written an etiquette book and released a single called "Money Can't Buy You Class". Oh, the irony.
stephley stephley 6 years
Trouble is, don't we put ourselves in a vulgar position when we turn on a show to laugh at people who aren't actors or comedians - should classy people look down on others for entertainment?
Studio16 Studio16 6 years
I watch it because it's kind of funny in a way. Here you have women who think that they are the models of good taste, when in reality, they're so far from tasteful it's not even funny. My English teacher said it best: "Classy people don't put themselves in vulgar situations. A reality show in the name of self-promotion is a vulgar situation." The only person I know who actually likes the show and wants to emulate these women is a gay man. I don't think I know anyone who takes any of the housewives seriously.
skigurl skigurl 6 years
I'm watching Real Housewives for the first time on TIVO, and I like it. But I also don't hate them. Nor do I admire anything more than the fact that they always look impeccable. It's just guilty pleasure television.
stephley stephley 6 years
I hate Bravo for passing off low rent crap as entertainment.
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