It’s the guilty pleasure reality show mega-success we hate to love and love to hate: the “Real Housewives” series. Uninhibited women from America’s flashiest cities laying their (highly tumultuous) lives of drama and conspicuous consumption bare at the altar of media culture for all to see — and for some reason we can’t help but look.
As Jennifer Baker Ph.D. writes in Psychology Today:
I find the personalities of the women featured spectacularly bad and so different from those I encounter in my own real life. They are deluded in obvious ways and they struggle so much more than I’m used to seeing (in women, anyway) because they have such gigantic self-images to maintain. I think, as the Stoics said about Medea, who was spectacularly selfish, that the featured cast members have… “great souls.” (The idea wasn’t a compliment, but that someone can be flawed like us… in a bigger, bolder way. Now, the Housewives haven’t killed their children, so I do want to give them credit for that.)
Now web-based Christian relationship counselor and evangelist Ty Adams is planning to serve up a DVD of Bible-based variations on the Housewives theme later this month. According to CNN’s Belief Blog, Adams is producing the DVD “Real Housewives of the Bible” to counter the disturbing portrayal of American women (and relationships) she sees perpetuated in the popular media:
“Adams said that ‘outrageous reality shows’ like Bravo’s The Real Housewives series and VH1′s Basketball Wives inspired her to create a more wholesome version of the franchise. ‘I was frustrated with what I was seeing,’ she said. ‘A lot of society is looking towards programming to educate them on relationships and these shows haven’t effectively done that. They have ruined and tainted our ability to secure good relationships and to make women into good wives…’”
Adams’ production plans to offer relationship modeling with female characters whose real-life issues reflect women’s issues in general, from a biblical perspective: the infertility of Sarah, the gold-digging of Delilah, the loyalty of Ruth, the leadership of Esther, the licentiousness of Jezebel and more.
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