Wednesday, May 14, 2008

marital congress!

I found this 1939 marital rating scale for wives. I think my score is probably about a -2.

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"The test was designed to give couples feedback on their marriages. Either husbands or wives could take the test, which rated wives in a variety of areas. For instance, if your wife "uses slang or profanity," she would get a score of five demerits. On the other hand, if she "reacts with pleasure and delight to marital congress," she would receive 10 merits. The test taker would add up the total number of merits and demerits to receive a raw score, which would categorize the wife on a scale from "very poor" to "very superior."

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The entire test is here.

**UPDATE** David and I took the whole test and scored each other and I got a 51 (average) and he got a 91! (very superior) He said "You know why that is though, compared to guys in 1939 I would be a fag. I do the dishes and help put the kids to bed. And you aren't like Beaver Cleaver's mom, you curse and gossip and fart on me and laugh about it."

6 comments:

gala said...

oh my gosh, this made me laugh so much. can this be real? puts feet on husband in bed to warm them up! demerit! i hate it so much that i love it. and i think from now on, in my house, we're callin' it marital congress. that way we'll be on the same page.

gala said...

if i'd gotten the quote right, it's even better, but you've got the real thing in the post. my cheeks are still warm. from smiling.

stephy said...

i know! i want to take this and seriously find out my score...if i ever find the time.
marital congress it is, from now on.

Ashley said...

Is this for real?!?! Can't be. Can it?!?! I'd be in SERIOUS trouble.

Ashley said...

So, what was the test for husbands?

stephy said...

ashley, i put the link in there so you can see the whole test, the husband part too.