Desperate Housewives is a show about five women who all live on the same street and deal with a variety of problems. There is scandal, death, cheating and lying. You have five completely different women who come together and form this unbelievable bond and through all the trials they each come across, they choose to stick by their friends no matter what.
To me the women of Desperate Housewives are the “typical” stereotypes of women today as there is the gold-digger, the greedy man-stealer, the perfect home-maker, the air-head and the super-mum trying to do it all. It's a spoof that blows up the myths that try to categorize women into "types". The gold-digger is now frumpy and poor, the perfect home-maker is psychotic and her family is falling apart, the man-stealer keeps losing the guy to his wife, and I’m sure you know the rest. In other words it's a television satire, not a reality show.
Every female character on Desperate Housewives struggles with her attempt of achieving the perfect, ideal image of a family throughout the series. This struggle is deliberately shown to serve as a source of comfort to the audience of mothers who are also trying to accomplish such families, although in reality it’s almost impossible. The producers could have made the show about the ideal family but then no one would want to watch it because no one can relate to having a perfect family. People find comfort in knowing that they aren’t the only ones struggling and they find satisfaction in seeing that other people also have problems and that some are more extreme than their own, even if it’s only on television.
I also feel that the show did in some ways disturb women, for example the name of the programme, Desperate Housewives. I don’t...