The Real Housewives of Atlanta isn’t the trashy reality TV show everyone thinks it is, as Phaedra Parks points out in her most recent Bravo blog. If you really analyze its social significance, you’ll see that it’s more like a documentary about women. Strong women. Feminists, in fact. Just like all of the powerful females who came before them, the ladies of Atlanta are fighting tirelessly to achieve their dreams, and oh what dreams they have! On Monday night, we got a glimpse into the lives of these special women and their ongoing struggle to attain the unattainable, including Pheadra, who sums it up perfectly in her post:
The underlying theme of tonight's episode is getting and having exactly what you want. Although each of us want vastly different things, we all share the common desire of wanting to improve ourselves and to be better women. Sheree wants a new relationship, while NeNe wants to change her physical appearance. Kandi wants a great album and to be paid for her work. Kim wants to be a successful artist. While I want a lot of things, tonight's focus is on my desire to have an extraordinary baby shower...
Just a bunch of Eleanor Roosevelts in training if you ask us! Aim high, ladies. Aim high. Speaking of the former First Lady, Phaedra goes on to list the most influential women in history and credits them for helping pave the way to gender equality:
Historically, there was a time when women had limited choices, but thanks to women like Susan B. Anthony, Billy Jean King, Eleanor Roosevelt, Oprah Winfrey, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Harriet Tubman, Evita Peron, and Michelle Obama, we can have whatever we like!
Including liposuction! Yes, we too credit Susan B. Anthony for the myriad of choices in plastic surgery procedures available to women. And we don’t know about you, but every time we throw opulent social gatherings replete with the entire cast of Swan Lake, we give homage to Eva Peron. Thanks for the lesson in women’s studies, Phaedra, but this essay is just a tad ridiculous. Although we do appreciate your progressive views and the personal struggles you may have gone through on your journey to Esq., let’s call a spade a spade. Your fellow castmates probably won’t be going down in the history textbooks next to Hillary Clinton any time soon.