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American Housewives Fascination Spawns “The Real Housewives of the Bible”

American Housewives Fascination Spawns “The Real Housewives of the Bible”

 

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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2:20PM PDT on Jul 26, 2011

Housewives of the Bible...now that should be interesting!!

3:12AM PDT on Jul 14, 2011

I don't know... I've never watched the series, because they're talking "Real housewives" and in the ads for those, here are these hoity floity women with egos bigger than Brett Favre's... These women are NOT real, they're fakes. And how many housewives do you know have million dollar mansions and an attitude to match? And of course they choose those who "look good" for the camera, are thin, etc... but they're very bitchy, and play it up for the camera.

Anyway, I am a housewife, I am married to my husband, I have a child and two cats. I am in charge of my house, even though I'm the worker. I decide the menu, and make sure the tasks get done. I am a matriarch, and also a protector of children. So, any more real, my guts would spill out...

Where are the real ones for sure? I'd rather learn about our historic ones, they've got substance the way jazz has rhythm.

10:58AM PDT on Jul 8, 2011

Carol B, well said! I AM a real housewife (I prefer the term homemaker), and I can tell you for a fact that real housewives are absolutely NOTHING like these overgrown brats on TV. REal housewives actually get their hands dirty cleaning the home, raising the children, and talking to real people when they have the time!

Take the example of my day thus far: I took my older daughter to her swimming lesson (a 12-mile drive since there's no public pool in our town), my husband and I cooked down the ham bone from last night's ham (used for a huge batch of slippery pot pie and ham for winter use) to make 2 quarts of soup stock for the freezer this winter, I made a batch of oatmeal raisin nut cookies (to go with the slippery pot pie-they're being given to a coworker of my husband's whose wife suddenly passed away last week), and I have the house to sweep, the vegetables to be harvested from our garden before the thunderstorms hit, and about two or three loads of laundry to do before suppertime! And that's just today!

The only TV watching I've done so far was when the whole family sat down to watch the final shuttle launch earlier today. That was not only a minor diversion, but also a piece of American history that I turned into an educational opportunity for them.

I don't watch any of the daytime TV programming-it's all crap. Talk shows, soap operas, so-called "reality" shows, trashy sitcoms where the characters all act like jerks with no manners or morals-even the

6:19AM PDT on Jul 8, 2011

Thanks for the article.

11:45AM PDT on Jul 7, 2011

The only people I know who watch 'reality TV' shows, either, have no lives of their own and/or actually, relate to these sad excuses for the female sex.
Now, T-H-A-T'-S...A...S-H-A-M-E!

Where are the culture, manners, and education? Do they exist with these women?
When we discontinue teaching our children to act as _ladies_ and _gentlemen_, we are doomed to be thought of, as a country beneath those, who do.

11:16AM PDT on Jul 7, 2011

It is not imperative to read a bible, to comprehend the real lives of women and wives. Don't forget, MALE PERSONS wrote the bible.

Pick up a few history books and you will get all the information necessary to discover that women have not changed much, except, perhaps, for the better. Obviously, there are good women and there are bad women, as there have always been.
Where women have changed for the better, is, in not permitting themselves to be treated ONLY slighty better than slaves. They have managed to perceive that they are strong, compentent and capable of intellectual thought.
They are not on this earth, simply to be 'baby machines', which isn't to say, that we don't enjoy being mothers.
I did, and still do.

There is one area, where men use more brain power, than women.
That is their ability to 'stick together'. There is always power in numbers.
Women have a tendency to compete with each other, which seperates them and makes them weaker. Once women learn this tricky maneuver, they will find strength they never knew they had.
Ladies, please, be aware, that men will try to keep us fighting with each other, 'tooth and nail'. This is, also, one of their tricky maneuvers.

8:54AM PDT on Jul 7, 2011

Hate all reality shows and don't think real people act that way, or, maybe I've just lived a very sheltered life.





11:48PM PDT on Jul 6, 2011

I can't stand reality shows and as for this sort of show, I can't believe people actually watch and I'm sure it must be very bad for one's psyche...

9:12PM PDT on Jul 6, 2011

Kenny S. - Ah, it might be provident if you did not make your disrespect so obvious. Ad hominem attacks might feel satisfying to you, but just as you may want respect for your beliefs, you should also respect other's rights to believe as they choose. That would include expressing those beliefs at will. I don't see any mention of forced viewing, for the Biblical housewives show or otherwise.

8:31PM PDT on Jul 6, 2011

Just the idea of "Housewives" makes me ill. Married to a house!!

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