Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Marriage a la mode...

This link was posted to my knitting list, and, given my current project, I naturally had to try it. I can't say I'm totally surprised at the results....


As a 1930s wife, I am

Take the test!


As a 1930s husband, I am
Very Superior

Take the test!

It's an interesting survey, particularly the parallel questions for husband and wife. For example, the husband is asked if he ensures that his wife has an orgasm during "marital congress"; the wife is asked if she reacts with eagerness and pleasure to the same. (She's not asked if her husband succeeds at his task!) The husband has separate questions for whether or not he smokes or drinks, and there's a further check box for "bring drunk." The wife is asked if she "smokes, drinks, gambles, or uses dope." Both, however, are asked about their personal grooming, and both are asked whether they criticize the other in public, or criticize marriage as an institution. In general, though, I think the difference between the two is that the husband's questions are geared to finding out if he is polite and caretaking (does he help his wife's relatives as willinly as his own?), while the wife's questions are interested in whether she is polite and deferential (does she write to her husband's relatives for him?) — and whether she likes children. Interestingly, the wife is awarded extra points for having children, and the more of them, the more points she receives.

I wish I knew, though, whether "wears red nail polish" received a positive or a negative rating.....


At 5:50 PM, Blogger Brooklynne Michelle said...

I scored 95 a wife... hmm interesting...

At 10:51 PM, Blogger Mel said...

I was thinking today that I'm going to have to start using the term "marital congress". And I'm certain red nail polish is a negative. Only certain types of women wear red polish, and "demure" and "domestic" are not terms used to describe them.

Will we be seeing you tomorrow?

At 7:35 AM, Blogger edired said...

Guess I should have been a husband in the thirtys instead of the 90s . Something tells me a man wrote and graded the test .


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