If Orange County is still the hotbed of Republicanism that we've been led to believe then the housewives are the anti-Crunchy Cons, denizens of a gated community who believe in better living through botox.
The problem with The Real Housewives of Orange County is that the makers of the show go out of their way to show us how grotesque these women are. It's sort of an opportunity for us to sneer. Now I don't object to sneering at my fellow man, but the show's such a put up job.
Kimberly, the 40-something "classic trophy wife"--though I though most trophy wives were about half her age--is shown going to pilates classes, chauffering her children back and forth and meeting the girls for drinks. Thanks to assiduous workouts, she's got a great body that's made even better (in her opinion) by increasing her bust size from 32B to 32D at the request of her husband.
The creepiest housewife is Jeana. Jeana's actually allowed herself to get fat, which appears to be a rarity among her peers. A former Playboy Playmate who's married to a former major league pitcher, Jeana's husband and mother-in-law chose her because of her "genetics." Apparently they thought she'd be able to give birth to a third-generation major league baseball player. On the episode I saw, her son was accepted into the minor leagues in the 36th round of the draft. Mission accomplished!
The saddest housewife is Laurie. She's no longer a housewife, which is the problem. As the result of a divorce she's been forced to get a job and more out of her gated community and into a townhouse: "I've moved from 4,500 square feet to less than 2,000." With her long face,prominent chin and improbable boobs, Lauri looks more like a female impersonator than an actual woman. Apparently that doesn't stop her from being a frequent guest at the Playboy mansion. During the episode I saw, Lauri's 20-year-old daughter moves in. She'd been living in LA, but she quit her job and now wants her own room in the space deficient townhouse that Laurie's already sharing with her two younger children. Mother and daughter have the same below-the-shoulder hairstyle and wear the same clothes. Daughter (I forget her name) has discovered that working for a living sucks; she hopes mom will let her move in and she'll be able to carry on with life before she had to earn a living. Mom hopes daughter will be the live-in babysitter she needs so she can go clubbing at night.
Grotesque? You betcha! Surely there are residents of Orange County who haven't been botoxed within an inch of their lives? Maybe there are some who want their kids to go to college and have careers? You'd never know it from this show.