[LMB] Re: Trophy wives (was Ekaterin)
CatMtn at aol.com
CatMtn at aol.com
Fri, 28 Nov 2003 21:42:32 EST
> M replies:
> Yes, and corporate wives at the executive level usually don't work outside
Paula inserted: If you mean "trophy wives"....
> the home whether they have children or not, but are rarely dummies.
I never met a "trophy wife." The companies my husband worked for were all
quite conservative and trophy wives would have been career poison. The
corporate wives of my acquaintance had very mixed backgrounds, from the
Radcliffe/Junior League types to ex-small-town schoolteachers like me (and there were
several of us). Some were pleasanter than others, but none were what could be
called dummies. All were college grads, most with at least some graduate school.
Most of us were involved in some charity work (the local zoo and a soup
kitchen, for me), and most of the other wives had families either in process of
being raised or already grown and out of the house. In the only marriage I knew
of besides my own in which the husband had been married before, he was a
widower. In our case, Joe had married very young, divorced, and met and married me
years later when he was 37 years old and I was 31. Actually, I probably
appeared to be the closest thing to one, as I _looked_ like a bimbo (not
intentionally, just genetics; Italian ancestry can do that to you) until I'd been
married a few years and gained a few pounds and some gray in my hair (Italian
ancestry can do that, too, especially the pounds.) I was considered a little odd
for reading a lot of science fiction as well as science fact, but everybody had
their quirks, so it didn't really matter, especially since my biology
background was very helpful to personal injury lawyers who usually needed an
interpreter to understand medical reports. We all led boringly conservative social
lives by list standards, at least as far as the list talk goes. Not having been
to any cons, I can't really say from experience. I think the whole idea is a
little like some of the urban legends---"these things exist--but not here.
It's those people down the road who live like that." Or maybe there truly are
some who do, outside of soap operas and novels, and I just never met any.