Recently, some TV show trailers introduced me to a series about housewives…or should I say ‘Real Housewives’; those Real Housewives of L.A/Texas/Melbourne etc. etc. and this made me wonder, what about the other housewives, the REALLY real housewives? What about those housewives who are not bickering all day, trying on and wearing designer dresses, stuffing their surgically beautiful faces with delicacies and jet-setting around the world?
I might be wrong as I have only based my opinion on the short trailers about the ‘real housewives’; maybe in these programs they are actually taking care of their home, doing crafts or studying, looking after their family or are on the other side of the spectrum and scrubbing floors, cooking for an extended family of ten, or are being subject to all sorts of assaults…
A housewife, according to the Oxford dictionary, ‘is a woman whose work is inside the home, doing the cleaning, cooking, etc., and who usually does not have any other job’. My grandmothers were both housewives, who worked hard within their homes to get their kids to school to have the education they themselves lacked. My maternal grandmother cooked our meals and looked after my sister and me while our parents were both working, and made sure that we were happy kids who brought smiles back home. She was brought up in a world where boys were better than girls; she was married off at a very young age and wanted to live long enough to see a change for our generation.
We were lucky enough to see some of that positive change – but in other areas of the world it is concerning to see things actually going backwards; life is getting tougher and tougher for so many women. I would love to salute all those other housewives, whether they are living cosy lives or struggling daily. I salute them for their efforts, their ambitions, their pride and courage but above all, for being women of a world which moves a lot faster than the breaking of prejudices and cultural or religious chains.
At a time when global organisations such as the UN are still fighting for gender equality, to end all forms of discrimination against women and girls, and pushing for reforms to give women equal rights to economic resources, I feel that it is our responsibility at earthikes to encourage women empowerment in small and remote communities and we envisage our earthikes Social Projects will drive this forward.
The alternative definition of the word housewife in the Oxford dictionary is ‘a small case for needles, thread, and other small sewing items.’ I would change that slightly for TV’s real housewives to: ‘a small case for needles, Botox and other small tucking items’. Don’t you agree? If not, then let’s agree to disagree on this one.