Monday morning Desperate Housewives blogging

I don’t mean to sound ungrateful–after all, I didn’t think there would be any new episodes coming our way because of the writers’ strike, and that therefore there would be no resoluton to the tornado cliffhanger as to whether Lynette’s entire family was killed or not–but has anyone noticed how no one on Wisteria Lane has a job any more?  (Aside from the medical professionals, Orson Hodge and the new OB-GYN guy.)  How can they afford it–do they all have incredible disability insurance or something?  Gabby was always the decorative doll, and Bree the more-perfect-than-Martha housewife, but Susan allegedly is a children’s book author, and Lynette was a high-powered executive, but neither apparently even thinks about work any more.  (And I don’t think that Tom’s restaurant is a going concern, either.)  Mike is in rehab, and (SPOILER ALERT) Carlos is hospitaized and blind, so how does anyone pay the bills?  My best guess is that they’re living off of cash they borrowed on a fat re-fi back in 2005. 

The one woman who still apparently has a job is Edie–and is it just a coincidence that she’s the perpetually single “bad girl” always trying to steal other people’s husbands or boyfriends?  (See my entry below about women being demonized for actually expecting a paycheck.)  I think not!

DH follows the formula–perfected by Louisa May Alcott, and updated by Candace Bushnell–of 4 girls or women, each with a distinctive personality type, trying to navigate this modern world.  But at least Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy fretted about the money that wasn’t coming in while Mr. March was serving in the war, and Meg and Jo (as I recall) took, you know, jobs to help Marmee make ends meet (and retain their servant!).  And Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte (until she married) all had jobs–although they never appeared to work at them, or to work out, and somehow they always had plenty of cash and discretionary calories to gossip and drink in restaurants and bars.  But, officially anyway, they had a viable means of support.

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  1. By and large, yes, absolutely, the women (and most of the men( rarely work. I will, however, quibble with your characterization of the women of S&TC. Yes, mostly we saw them eating and drinking. But Carrie wrote in every episode (the chief plot device of the series, really) and we often saw Miranda and Samantha and Charlotte (pre-marriage) at work, if only because work provided the means for meeting other men and/or drinking more and/or having to deal with male jackasses. It was—oddly—the men in that show who rarely worked. What did BIG actually do? How often was Steve really bartending? Did Stanford even HAVE a job? How often did we see Aidan chiseling away at a new headboard? Charlotte met Harry in his capacity as her lawyer but then the law disappeared. And while we heard much talk of Trey’s career as a surgeon, I’m not sure I ever saw him with a stethoscope.

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  2. Excellent points–I’ve always assumed that Big did some creepy illegal hedge fund/arbitrage something or other, but we never saw him doing any kind of work. And Stanford–yeah, what was his job other than Gay Best Friend? SATC was a show in which the men’s careers were totally incidental. (Except for Berger–sp?–who as a writer was so ineffectual in carrying on a relationship with Carrie.)

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  3. I thought Big was a real estate maven. There also was some coverage of Baryshnikov’s work (forgot the name of his actual character), but I think Nick generally is right about the representation of male v. female careers on that show.

    I *love* the phrase “discretionary calories.” I’m giving notice that I intend to steal that, and use it often.

    (And, on a side note: nope, not that location.)

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  4. HistoriAnn –

    Just keep it on ABC on Sunday nights – the chicks on Cashmere Mafia are working their asses off! One of them (Lucy Liu from the semioticially intractable Charlie’s Angels franchise) even outworked her new fiance, causing him to dump her. Yikes!

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  5. Thanks for the tip, MM–perhaps the prime time lineup isn’t the place to look for guidance in work/life balance issues…but if Liu’s character got dumped because she worked too hard, then she falls into the Edie Britt category of the joyless, manless career gal, no?

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  6. The women in the City worked. Each episode has Carrie typing away on her Mac — and one is about a virus infecting her tool of the trade. What about Miranda’s housecleaner finding the toys by the bedside? And Samantha training that new male receptionist? And all the years Charlotte put into that gallery? OK, so it’s not Rosie the Riveter, but please open your eyes to the toil and sweat of elite white Manhattanite women!

    To hell with bread and roses — we want Manolo Blahnik.

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