Be Happy, Feel Beautiful
The Real Housewives, Jersey Shore, Bad Girls’ Club and Mob Wives are just a few of the reality TV shows that fill our Facebook newsfeeds and allow us to procrastinate just a little longer on whatever it is that we should really be doing. Grown women arguing, physically fighting and
spending endless amounts of money on the unnecessary is a constant in this realm of television. But it’s got us wondering, who are we supposed to look up to?
The behavior of many women on these reality TV shows is a prime example of how many of our mothers and grandmothers taught us to never act as we matured. Yes, perhaps these women are stating that females have minds of their own and that it’s okay to be outspoken. But are they giving the younger generations, who just so happen to be addicted to the television screen, a positive representation of women when many of the shows involve violence and crude behavior?
Sure, maybe these trashy TV shows can be a guilty pleasure. But how many reruns and daily reinforcements of this behavior is too much?
There are many reality shows with positive images that are overshadowed by those with less depth. Shows such as “Kimora Lee Simmons: Life in the Fab Lane” and “Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood,” demonstrate the bind women are in as they try to balance their beloved, successful careers with the responsibility of a family and finding some quality “me” time. Reality TV shows also possess the capabilities to open our eyes to new ideas, perspectives and inspirations, like MTV’s “True Life” series, and Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations.”
As savvy blissful belles, we will not allow the negative shows to hinder our personal nor societal growth. Ignite a conversation about a show that made you think differently, or ask other belles their opinions on the female role models in these shows. Don’t let the fancy jewels blind you to
sitting through a marathon of reruns. Belles, if you want reality, get out there and go experience it for yourself!