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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Oh no she didn't!

Today I was going to write about going back to work full-time and putting my darling in daycare, but I will wait to do that later this week because what I just watched cannot be ignored -- it must be commented on. On the Real Housewives of N.J. last night Danielle continued her campaign of embarrassment by taping her daughter Christine's first visit to the gyno. I know -- WHAT? Now, before I comment on this lunacy, I want to say that thank goodness for Christine's sake, there were no stirrups involved and it was more of just a talk with the doctor. But, seriously, this display of "reality" crossed the line.

I remember my first visit to the gyno and it was embarrassing enough just to sit in the waiting room, much less have a sex talk with a doctor. I don't know if this was Danielle's attempt to show that she is a responsible parent by educating her daughter on STDs or if she is just an attention grabbing nut job. I'm going with the latter. Going to the OB/GYN for the first time is a sensitive matter between a mother and daughter and has no place on television. I mean, even MTV only shows visits to the OB/GYN after the teen mom is knocked up. I feel like Danielle missed the boat -- whatever happened to normal mother / daughter bonding activities like manicures and shopping? I don't watch the Real Housewives to hear a gynecologist educate a mortified teen about sex and HPV, I can watch the Discovery Channel, TLC or ABC Family (Secret Life of an American Teenager anyone?) if I want to go down that road.

Thoughts on Danielle's antics? Embarrassing stories of your own?
I can't even write about how my week has been so far because I am so bone tired from starting back to work full-time and getting up with a hungry baby in the middle of the night, so I am going to have to give the update later. In the meantime I will be setting my DVR to record Teen Mom and 19 Kids and Counting tonight.

1 comment:

  1. There's a way to make these trips education and a way to make them pure entertainment; I didn't see the Housewives epi, but I'm guessing it was pure entertainment.

    I did however watch an episode of Kathy Griffin last night where she held a cancer awareness event and got a pap smear in front of a group of about 100 people. The personal parts were covered up by a cloth and the doc but she literally had the exam, in stirups in front of a crowd (legs facing the crowd). She did it to demonstrate to the people in attendence and viewers that screening for cancer is a quick and relatively easy procedure. While it was on an entertainment show, and also done by someone who loves attention, I'm guessing that it was done with a little more of on educational purpose than the housewive's trip.

    Personal story: When I went to USC the doc I went to loved to talk during the exam. She asked me about my major (history) and then my favorite historical figures. Not really the time I want to be thinking about LBJ. My doc at UWM used to tape pictures to the ceiling so you had something to look at during the exam. It made me laugh.