Washington D.C. Women Get Needed Ego Boost

July 29, 2010 | NeW Staff

As if America didn’t already have enough reality shows, we get to add one more to the list: The Real Housewives of D.C.

Being a D.C. area native I’ll be the first to admit I will watch the show out of pure curiosity. Even though the show has yet to air, it has already generated considerable controversy. Who could forget when Michaele Salahi and her husband crashed a White House dinner party? The story made national headlines before the show was even discussed in press. 

The country has already watched “Housewife” shows based in Atlanta, Orange County, CA, New York, and New Jersey. What has prompted this surge in “Housewife” programming? Interestingly enough, most of the women involved in these shows aren’t even housewives. In most cases one or two women may barely classify as housewives, and the rest with careers just get lumped in with them by association. 

The bottom line is: we want to know what women with money, power, and free time do with their lives. For some women being a housewife still has nostalgia associated with it; filled with dinner parties, shopping, and constant interior decorating. Unfortunately, for most stay at home wives and moms this is not what everyday life normally consists of. Replace dinner parties with macaroni and cheese, shopping for grocery shopping, and interior decorating with household chores and you may have a more accurate picture. 

Regardless of how ridiculous and unrealistic these shows are, ratings go up and we continue to see housewife show spawn.

The Real Housewives of D.C. will face challenges that other cities could largely avoid. Many important D.C. persons, in this case women, cannot even indulge themselves with the thought of a reality show because of their sensitive jobs. Let’s be honest – D.C. is a far cry from Orange County, CA or New York City. Generally speaking it’s not a good idea to punk the federal government (although Salahi obviously didn’t get that memo). Most of our revenue does not come from the entertainment business. D.C. residents are more likely to be concerned with policy then plastic surgery. 

We will have to wait until August 5 (9/8c if you must know) to find out what Bravo thinks D.C. women are like. I imagine they won’t even come close to portraying the lives of D.C.’s real female political insiders. This is ever more apparent while reading the cast’s bios. In Catherine Ommanney’s Bravo bio it states that Ommanney “quickly began socializing with Washington’s elite crowd, and counts many high-profile political figures among her friends.” Let’s be frank – if you need to tell people you hang out with an “elite crowd,” you probably don’t. 

D.C. Housewives will be just like its predecessors, unrealistic, vapid, and ignorant to the difficulties faced by working and nonworking women in the city. Nice try Bravo, nice try.

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