When I read this article from The Sydney Morning Herald, I couldn’t help but notice how even today we put girls into this picture perfect mold. As the article points out, before girls even reach middle school, they are focused with their physical appearance and are praised every day for it. So it begs the question, how much have we changed since A Doll’s House? We still value beauty and fitting into this mold more than we appreciate intelligent women who can think for themselves. Bloom even says, “What’s missing? A life of meaning, a life of ideas and reading books and being valued for our thoughts and accomplishments.” It’s also scary to see that university educated women would rather be attractive than intelligent.
We also discussed in our last class, Theresa Rebeck’s quote in Zinman’s article, “50 ways to leave your Torvald”, about how reality television shows depict beautiful women who strive to be for a rich husband who can take care of them and let them spend all their money. She also acknowledges that, “it’s not necessarily a societal structure now, but it retains power as a cultural fantasy.” I thought this was interesting and it lead me to look into the “Real Housewives of…” series. This show has been running for 22 seasons in 7 different locations. There are even 4 international seasons in the works (Israel, Athens, Vancouver and Brazil). This fantasy of great wealth and allowing the woman to lead a futile life, while she aimlessly spends away her husband’s fortune made the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” the number 1 television show in it’s time slot amongst 19-49 year old viewers. So even if this lifestyle isn’t as common now as it seems it was in A Doll’s House, people seem to continue to idolize it and with shows like “Millionaire Matchmaker” and “Most Eligible…” they try to make this fantasy, a reality.
After examining these two articles, I really see the need for this production now and hope it can raise some questions for women about where they fit into society and how they wish to be perceived in the future.