The original cast members were mostly married mothers, with a single mom and an engaged women mixed in, and the idea was that we’d follow their very suburban lives as they managed their homes, took care of their kids, and — it was heavily implied — lived in comfortable luxury on their husbands’ salaries.They’d be close to a housewife of the From the jump, though, there was a sense that these women were not going to be wearing aprons and pulling pot roasts out of the oven.Their televised lives consist of going to events, hating each others’ guts, gossiping, and ogling each others’ assets.They are hardly feminist icons, and the complaints about them tend to focus on their inanity, their one-percenter lives, and their “fakeness.” But there’s not much Housewife criticism that focuses on wishing they’d be more like the older definition of housewife.The housewife follows a progression from someone inextricably defined by her relationship to her family, to a media savvy, persistently groomed, carefully self-branding woman who strives for power and selfhood among a group of peers.Freed from the necessary family-first framework, the Housewife steps out of her binary as either angel of the house or desperate housewife, and instead becomes something closer to a sister doin’ it for herself.Following the killings, he fled to stay with his friend in Ubon Ratchathani until police arrested him four days later.Some 200 neighbours and onlookers witnessed the re-enactment.
As of the last decade or so though, “housewife” has had a double meaning.
The word “real” does a lot of heavy lifting in that title: It signals the franchise’s reality genre, of course, at a moment in 2006 when reality TV was still nascent enough to need some signaling.
But it’s especially working to draw a line between reality and fiction in the idea of being a housewife.
The original housewife has a vocation defined by her relationship to her family unit.
The Real Housewife, at least as she appears in the edited, carefully polished Bravo package, lives and dies by her ability to define herself.