MAFIA WIVES AND MISTRESSES
The inevitable bane of every mob wifes life is her husbands goomatta. Whether pronounced goomah, goomar or goomatta, the word is the Americanized corruption of the Italian word comare, which means mistress or girlfriend. According to the glossary in The Sopranos: A Family History, No self-respecting wiseguy is without one.
How a mob wife reacts when she learns of her husbands goomatta is usually determined by the wifes age. The younger wives tend to lash out and demand their husbands fidelity, but in time these women learn that the goomatta is a fact of mob life. To keep the goodies the house, the cars, the furs, the jewelry, etc.the mob wife has to put up with the mistress. The flashy young girlfriend is a necessary accessory for a man of honor, like a Lexus or a Rolex. Having a woman on the side is a symbol of the mans success and power. It says to the world that, not only is he potent enough to keep two women satisfied, he clearly rules the roost and doesnt have to worry about retaliation from the woman he married.This, at least from the mans point of view, is the ideal. The reality, however, is sometimes quite different. Goomattas are not always pliable play things, and they aren’t always centerfold material. And it often seems that the higher in rank the mobster is, the more trouble his goomatta becomes.