The “Rich Bitch”

  title={The “Rich Bitch”},
  author={Michael Jeehoon Lee and Leigh Moscowitz},
  journal={Feminist Media Studies},
  pages={64 - 82}
This project offers the opportunity to examine the ways in which normative conceptions of class and gender cohere to produce an archetypal, trans-historical villain, what we term “the rich bitch.” In this essay, we employ the concept of irony to analyze how Bravo's The Real Housewives of New York City creates rich women as objects of cultural derision, well-heeled jesters in a populist court. The show primes its savvy, upscale audience to judge the extravagance of female scapegoats harshly in… 

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