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October 2, 2008

Don’t Countess on it

Filed under: Advice,Celebrities,TV — posted by Mia @ 7:30 am

Broadsheet’s Amy Benfer recently highlighted some antediluvian romantic advice from Countess LuAnn de Lesseps, star of “The Real Housewives of New York City.” Apparently the countess thinks she’s just dripping with gems of wisdom, which she shared with two women sitting together at a bar (one of whom happened to be surfing on her Blackberry).

Without tearing into the racist, sexist, ignorant comments that framed her words, I will attempt to deflect her message in its entirety with my Wonder Woman bracelets.  Fwing! Zing!

Sayeth the Countess, “When men see females on their BlackBerrys working hard, it really turns them off. Men like women to be females, to not be like workaholics, as that comes off as being uptight in the bedroom and control freaks.” How confused is the countess? Let me count the ways:

  1. Smartphones are usually indicators of success, money, and social connection (attractive things, unless we’re in bizarro world), and in bars they are kept handy for social reasons, and also for looking up which actor from that show played the guy in the movie.
  2. Dear men, have you ever been turned off by a woman who could settle your bar bet with her Bat-phone?
  3. No one likes to feel neglected or ignored in the presence of a Crackberry, but she’s not saying “don’t be rude.” She’s saying, “Men won’t want to rescue you if they think you don’t need it.” The countess also doesn’t see the difference between “workaholic” and “gainfully employed.”
  4. The work/life/love balance deserves thoughtful advice, preferably from those who actually walk that tightrope every day. I’m sure our readers have some valuable insight and anecotes.
  5. It’s dismissive and just plain unhelpful to say that all men like a certain thing. Figure out what you like.
  6. “Uptight in the bedroom” HA. HAH! HAHahahahahahahhaha! Honey, if you only knew!

I guess I shouldn’t be flabbergasted that a woman with an old-world title has a damsel-in-distress outlook on marriage, but I like to think that’s part of why people set out in pursuit of happiness to the new one.


  1. I think that by “uptight in the bedroom” she meant “actually moving, making sounds and suggesting things she might like to do”, as opposed to just “lying there and thinking of England”.
    Also: load of old bollocks.

    Comment by Giulia — October 2, 2008 @ 9:09 am

  2. Why would anyone take advice from a countess (or anyone for that matter) who stars on reality television? If in fact her husband really is a count, her in-laws must be mortified.

    Comment by blackberry girl — October 2, 2008 @ 11:32 am

  3. This is a laugh. For I knew a couple doing exactly the same thing. He was married and she single. He told his wife that every Thursday night he had to work over instead would go to the girl friends house. Later it got to where even vacations together. This went on for about 30 year. The wife later dies and he marries the other women. She after about two years dies and now he is alone. So women don’t wait on anyone go out and enjoy life as it might be later than you think.

    Comment by Mel — October 2, 2008 @ 12:50 pm

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