10 Reasons Why the Real Housewives Aren’t So REAL?

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If you’re a reality TV junkie like me, then you’ve probably come across Bravo TV’s reality shows featuring housewives in various parts of the United States. The show highlights their lifestyle, their friendships, their families and their shopping habits?

realhousewives-not-realAfter getting sucked into several seasons and dragged across coasts from New York City to Orange County, it’s become very apparent that these women aren’t exactly “real housewives…..” Here’s a few reasons why:

1. They aren’t all “wife’s”:

First things first- the show is titled, “The Real HOUSEWIVES” but in several different seasons you’ve seen Gretchen from The Real Housewives of Orange County who was more arm candy than wife material for the first couple seasons. Then there was Bethenny of The Real Housewives of New York City who, up until last month, was barely even dating. Congrats on the marriage Bethenny, you’re a real housewife now!

2. The Makeup:

Alright ladies, I’m all for wearing full makeup when I want to go out with my girlfriends, I love “putting on my face.” BUT WHAT WOMAN WEARS FULL FALSH EYELASHES TO STARBUCKS AT 9AM???….This is not a real representation of the “average housewife.” They’re most likely sauntering in, in a pair of sweatpants sans shower.

3. Not All housewives have BOOK DEALS:

I suppose this is what we’ll call LEVERAGE. They’ve all gotten a tiny ounce of fame, so hey- why not take advantage of it!?More power to ya ladies…but does it make you all qualified to write books simply because you’re a reality star??? Looking at you COUNTESS LuAnn…

4. The Wealth…:

Sure, there are plenty of families out there that are “well off.” There’s plenty of stay at home mothers who are lucky enough to spend the time with the kids and not have to work….but the majority of us aren’t dropping $4,000 on a “seasonal” handbag.

5. Some women actually LIKE their friends:

Is it just me, or do these women all HATE each other? Even in the friendships that seem to be the strongest in various seasons, like The Real Housewives of Atlanta, or The Real Housewives of New York City, many of these “close relationships” crumble. Bethenny and Jill, NeNe and Kim….these women bust out the claws and go at it. The truth is, most women actually LOVE and support their “close friends.” Right?

6. Most Real Housewives don’t raise SPOILED BRATS:

There are certain seasons that are worse about this than others. For the most part The Real Housewives of New Jersey have really solid families and good kids….then you go over to The Real Housewives of Orange County and you’ve got the most unlikeable, spoiled, lazy, selfish, teenagers I’ve ever seen.Lynn should be worried about her two girls future in my opinion.


What kind of message are we sending to other women; our daughters, sisters, friends, etc. when 80% of these women feel the need to botox, lift, tuck, implant and tweak every inch of themselves. Maybe if they spent a little more time thinking about the inside instead of the outside they’d be happier?

8. Real Housewives don’t all have Sugar Daddies:

Again, this varies depending on the city and the season. But it isn’t COMMON for most women to raise their families thanks to someone named “Big Poppa….?”

9. Being a “Real Housewife” isn’t always FABULOUS:

There’s plenty of day-to-day stuff that real women have to go through that isn’t so fun and fabulous. The way The Real Housewives depicts the lifestyle of being a housewife, it’s always parties, champagne, fabulous dresses and shopping sprees. Well, I’ve got news for ya ladies- don’t fret, most of us women are sipping a glass of wine at home in sweatpants after putting the kids down and then we notice there’s a little spit up on our shirts. Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

10. Real Housewives EMBRACE the imperfections:

If you’re like so many women out there working your butt off, raising your kids, trying to figure out how to put food on the table all the while staying the strong, beautiful woman that you are- then this one is for you, YOU are the REAL housewives!

Author: Chelsea Latimer

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1 thought on “10 Reasons Why the Real Housewives Aren’t So REAL?”

  1. thankyou! I try to tell these things to my wife, when she monopolizes the remote. I’m finding evidence that reinforces how scripted, at least,lots of the over emergence of ‘reality’ shows are. Gimme an episode of ed sullivan, laugh in, or even gilligans island any day!
    thanks again, and thanks for letting me vent out on ya!


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