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RHOP's Karen Huger has no right to relate womanhood to motherhood

Chanel Dubofsky is a fiction writer, journalist and editor based in Brooklyn, New York. Her work on gender, sexuality, religion and reproductive justice has been publishing in Cosmopolitan, RH Reality Check, The Billfold, The Toast, The ...

Karen Huger offends women everywhere with her comments on what makes a woman on the RHOP finale

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As it goes in the Real Housewives franchise, on the season finale of the Real Housewives of Potomac, Gizelle invited the cast to a "Come to Jesus" lunch during which she hoped everyone would realize how ridiculous they've been for this entire season and deal with themselves and each other. And, also in true Real Housewives fashion, it went up in flames. The season-long quarrel about race between Katie, who finally got engaged to Andrew, Gizelle and Robyn was resurrected and seemed to go on forever before Katie apologized, although absolutely nothing was actually resolved. And then there was Karen and Ashley.

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When Ashley arrived at the restaurant (why are these fights always in public?), she was polite to Karen, and when the other women remarked on it, she admitted that she was totally feigning etiquette because the women were so obsessed with it. The two inevitably got into why Karen had been so cold to Ashley as of late, especially in regard to Karen's daughter. Then Karen told Ashley that until she had a child and was a "real woman," Ashley was to keep her daughter's name out of her mouth. Justifiably, Twitter was outraged.

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