Do Black women need more submissive role models on TV?
Dr. Heavenly Says Black Women Need To See More Submissive Women On TV
“Married to Medicine” newcomer Dr. Heavenly Kimes raised a few eyebrows on the show when she spoke about being submissive to her husband.
However, the successful wife of a fellow doctor said she’s proud to show viewers how she respects her husband and what their happy marriage looks like…
Via S2S Magazine reports:
“I submit to my husband. I make my husband’s food. I take care of the household. I understand my role as a wife and a mother,” she told Sister 2 Sister.
Heavenly’s professional colleague Dr. Simone Whitmore expressed her surprise when Heavenly addressed her husband as “daddy.” Simone joked that she’d only heard a woman use that term to describe her pimp…in the movie Hustle & Flow.
“I thought that was cute,” said Heavenly who explained that her husband and son have the same name. “When my son was born, I would say ‘Damon’ and both of them would answer.”
While some may consider her traditional beliefs on marriage antiquated, Heavenly said she thinks it’s good for viewers to see how she and her hubby relate to one another.
“Black women need to see a woman who takes care of a household, who’s married with children and that’s not seen a whole lot,” said Heavenly who thinks she and her “Married to Medicine” co-stars are offering a positive portrayal of a demographic that’s often depicted negatively.
“It should be applauded that all of us are educated,” she said. “We talk about business, money and relationships. I think that’s a part of the whole scope of life.”
Though they’re all educated, professional women, they still have buttons that can be pushed. Although she’s new to the cast, Heavenly already bumped heads with Dr. Jackie Walters who lectured a full-figured pageant queen about her weight.
“I think that Dr. Jackie is not a happy person. I’m not understanding why she has to belittle people that she does not know,” Heavenly wrote in her most recent BravoTV.com blog. “It did not come from a good place,” she said of Jackie’s concern for the plus-sized beauty.
Heavenly said she was surprised by how differently she and her cast members see life, but she thinks they’ll be able to resolve conflicts without resorting to violence, like co-stars Mariah Huq and Toya Bush Harris did in season1.
Do Black women need more submissive role models on television? Is there a lack of healthy relationships being displayed on reality shows, especially ones featuring Black casts?