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March 6, 2008
BLOG: Love and Marriage

This may seem odd to the single men out there, but it will come as no surprise whatsoever to anyone who has been married for any appreciable amount of time.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 12:21 PM | Blog 2006-14 | Comments (8) | TrackBack (0)

It has been my experience that if you can convince the woman that you are thinking about her and have the desire to do for her 24 hours per day, 365 days per year (which is the optimum scenario for a woman's life), then she's more apt to acquiesce to your desires. In this vein, you'd be thinking about her plight around the house, thus you'd be doing something for her.

Because, after all, men are the selfish ones.

Posted by: RW at March 6, 2008 1:34 PM

Hilarious! Of course, it's also a lot of rubbish. Putting aside the fact that the study has a limited notion of what "household chores" include (how about, doing taxes, paying bills, yard maintenance, etc.), consider the results of this international survey here:

"Greeks apparently have the hottest standard of living, topping the survey with 87% of respondants getting regular sex at least once a week.

It's carnivale all year round in Brazil, which finished second with 82% of responders getting lucky. Russians apparently found something to do when it's cold outside, finishing third in the survey with 80%. No surprise how China became the most populous country on Earth: It finished fourth with 78%"

I really doubt the men in those countries do any higher percentage of household chores than American men.

Posted by: MVH at March 6, 2008 2:04 PM

On the other hand, I would love to see how Hillary would handle a question about this article . . .

Posted by: MVH at March 6, 2008 2:09 PM

I'm dense and couldn't tell if it was supposed to be serious or straight from The Onion.

I mean:

"Sheryl and Mark Gauntlett of Queens had conflicting views on the report. "He's a good boy," said Sheryl Gauntlett, 35. "I think it results in better sex, but you have to ask him." So we did.

"It doesn't mean I'm getting any more," responded Mark Gauntlett, 38, a hospital administrator."


Posted by: A.S. at March 6, 2008 2:48 PM

I agree the article seemed Onion-y. But as a married man, I generally agree with the premise. A marriage where the couple are (literally) working together to get things done and don't "keep score" on who has done what is a more (literally) loving marriage.

Posted by: alex at March 6, 2008 3:14 PM

Some unintentional comedy:

The study was published under the auspicies of the Council on Contemporary Families, which also publishes analyses such as this excerpt:

Just Which 'Traditional' Marriage Should We Defend?

By Stephanie Coontz
Director of Research and Public Education
Council on Contemporary Families

July 6, 2006: Today, the New York Supreme Court declined to guarantee a right to marriage for same-sex couples. In a 4-2 decision, the court said that it is up to state lawmakers to consider the issue. This will surely be taken as vindication for those who claim to be defenders of "traditional" marriage. But as someone who has studied marriage forms and family life for more than three decades, I wonder how many of the politicians currently leaping on this bandwagon have the faintest idea of what they're talking about.

Through most of human history and in most cultures the most widely accepted tradition of marriage was not one man and one woman but polygamy -- one man and many women. We're not just talking about exotic island cultures or lost tribes in the African jungle. Polygamy is the family form most often mentioned in the first five books of the Old Testament.

(And so on..)

I have a funny feeling that the Crank won't be citing too much more of their research....

Posted by: MVH at March 6, 2008 4:12 PM

MVH - OK, that does sound pretty crackpot.

Posted by: The Crank at March 7, 2008 3:59 PM

Yet another example of how this site has gone to the dogs. What in the name of Pete is this kind of grocery store checkout line fodder doing here? Crank, is that where you're getting your latest editorial ideas? Say it ain't so. Perhaps the latest news is not so favorably and dependably slanted to the right, making for a little less material to draw from.

You reds need to get laid more often. And start pitching in around the house, apparently.

Posted by: macsonix at March 12, 2008 12:28 AM
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