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The Real Housewives of NYC: wannabe teenagers

If you have watched the Bravo Series “The Real Housewives of NYC”   you know what I am trying to say: middle aged women are nowadays going through a second adolescence.  Remember Edwina Monson, the character played by Jennifer Saunders in  “Absolutely Fabulous”, the very funny British show from the 80’s? Precisely the same behavior.  Female Peter Pans.  What makes these over 40 women behave like that? Fear of aging? Fear of dying?

It is undeniable that access to cosmetics and procedures that delay aging, such as botox, fillers, lipos and lifts have changed the way most  middle aged women look.  I remember some tidbits about what was considered age appropriate when I was a child growing up in the late 60’s and 70’s. Teenagers were not supposed to wear grown up clothes or make up, while women over 40 were not supposed to show too much skin or wear anything too tight or colorful. Hair below your shoulders after 40? A no no.  

Grandmas looked like grandmas: long dresses with small flowery print, salt and pepper conservatively styled hair, flats, little pearl necklaces.  Women from poor backgrounds looked even older, from sun exposure working the fields, lack of moisturizer and very hard lives. They could look 80 when they were only 50.

How times have changed. Forty and fifty somethings now dress exactly like their 17 year old daughters. Miniskirts? Check. Knee high boots? Check. Plunging necklines? Check.  Long and flowy hair? Check. No one is surprised anymore to see a woman past her prime wearing a short dress with heels if her body is relatively well kept.  

Obviously, with more and more women making their own money and being more successful, they can afford to look more like a 20 year old vixen than grandma.  Unfortunately, along with looking hot and young, middle aged women also are behaving like their daughters.  The Real Housewives of NYC party like youngsters, talk like teenagers and fight just like high school girls.  Watching them is like watching a freak show.  Very entertaining, utterly ridiculous and you end up feeling embarrassed for them.  Do they realize how ridiculous they seem? Probably not, since they are all laughing all the way to the bank.  After all, in this day and age of reality TV and parents pimping their children, apparently anything  is worth having more cash in the bank.


May 18, 2010 - Posted by | Being a woman, Lifestyle, Society

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