Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Rating Shmating

Boing Boing directed me this afternoon to the following "Marital Rating Scale" from the 1930s for wives. By husbands, that is.
The Monitor on Psychology describes:

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."
How do I rate? A big bad NEGATIVE 30. I better start dressing for breakfast!

1 comment:

JaneDoe said...

Wow this is disturbing. And what's with the cold feet thing? Like that's one of the top 10 most horrible things you could do to your fragile husband?