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The Real Housewives of Duck Dynasty

Sep 5 2013
Behind every strong redneck duck-hunter is a strong Christian woman.

Who could have ever predicted that the highest rated show on television would be a reality series about a family who makes duck calls?

For over a year now, Duck Dynasty has forsaken all the reality show formulas, instead focusing on a Christian family living in the middle of Louisiana. There are no cat fights, no hot tub makeout scenes, no eliminations, no barely dressed women.

The staples of the reality show genre are noticeably absent from Duck Dynasty, which is both family-friendly and laugh-out-loud funny. It's also why millions of viewers like me keep tuning in. For humor, the show relies on family dynamics, such as fan favorite Si Robertson. The zany uncle of the show, Si is an endless source of hilarious one-liners, all delivered with perfect comedic timing.

This humor and heart is what makes Duck Dynasty so appealing, but the show is also a refuge of sorts. Viewers don't have to worry about bad language, sex, or violence—unless you count killing ducks.

While you might expect a show about a Southern family of self-avowed "rednecks" to be an unfriendly environment for women, it is quite the opposite. The women of Duck Dynasty are respected, and they are strong.

Miss Kay, the matriarch of the family, has been married to her husband Phil for nearly 50 years and has four sons. Although she is sometimes portrayed as silly or out-of-touch, she is a woman of dignity and substance.

Viewers learn that Phil and Kay endured difficulties during their decades of marriage, including Phil's struggle with substance abuse and eventual return to sobriety. Today, Phil is a man of God, and Kay is the apple of his eye. In spite of Phil's occasionally obtuse generalizations about women—comparing them to labrador retrievers or declaring that all women like romantic tearjerkers—he reveres Miss Kay. He constantly praises her character, her gentleness, and her mothering, and he also affirms the loveliness of her full figure. If Phil's adoration is any indication of Miss Kay's integrity, then she is a fine woman indeed.

As an additional testimony to Miss Kay's legacy, her sons also married women of great character. Korie Roberson is married to Willie, the CEO of Duck Commander. They married just after high school and have five children. She works as the office manager of the family business, and she's a get-things-done kind of woman. Viewers witness her leadership over church and family events and catch glimpses of her important role in the company. She seems to have a natural instinct for business and marketing; I wouldn't be surprised if Korie was the brains behind the family's branding.

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