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The 12th season of The Real Housewives of New York is set to crash through Bravo on April 2, and everyone’s favorite unmarried housewives are back. (Unless Bethenny Frankel is your favorite; she’s somewhere drinking nothing but SkinnyGirl cocktails and trying to be a tan parent.) But the rest of the gang—LuAnn, Ramona, Sonja, Dorinda, and Tinsley—are locked and loaded with enough tequila to make the cast of Vanderpump Rules weep.

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The trailer introduces a new housewife, Leah McSweeney, on the heels of yet another dramatic departure from Bethenny. McSweeney, a clothing designer who admits her love for “crazy people” over lunch with LuAnn in the trailer—seems like she’ll fit right in. And it looks like the cast will return to Dorinda’s estate in the Berkshires, which has long been a location for peace talks and no drama at all!

Actually, Dorinda and LuAnn are still fighting, Ramona still thinks she is sane enough to help anyone, and Sonja is on the floor. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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From the few glances of McSweeney in the trailer, it would appear that she’s been well received by the gatekeepers of the Upper East Side, but who will turn on her first? Will it be Ramona, jealous of a new, younger housewife? It certainly won’t be Tinsley who is too wrapped up in the drama that is her on-again-off-again relationship with Scott Kluth to notice that an entirely new human being has entered her friend group.

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DISCUSSION

Pass. I’ve watched all the Housewives I can stomach. I’m over the misogyny, but thanks for the update.

I’ve watched all the RH shows for years (every franchise, every episode multiple times) partly out of a morbid curiosity, partly because it’s been interesting to see how fans react in blogs/viewer comments to the “reality” storylines. It was mindless entertainment for me on some level (a much needed escape, since I’m home bound and have been dealing with chronic health issues for a long time). And I also enjoyed watching from a media studies/cultural studies perspective, since the shows are now part of our popular culture, whether we watch them or not. But lately, the misogyny has become FAR too blatant to ignore, the hands of production in storylines are even more ridiculously apparent. And for years, this franchise has been nothing more than insultingly obvious staged situations featuring women yelling at one another over ridiculous issues. It’s just not fun or interesting any longer, so they can do whatever they want, but I’m out.

And even if you still enjoy this as a form or mindless entertainment (which I know we all need from time to time), I challenge fans to consider whether it makes sense to reward the Bravo network and it’s card carrying Trump supporting HWs with our continued viewership.

Bravo, show us something unique and interesting without degrading and exploiting women—especially those in domestic violence situations, those with mental health issues, addictions, etc. And entertain us without excusing cast members’ sexual assaults and misogyny, their racist attitudes and anti-LGBTQ bigotry (all the while promoting themselves to be an ally). Fix the mess you’ve created and then I’ll consider coming back.