If you feel like buying a new laptop computer, go ahead and click on the “More” link. You will either laugh so hard the computer falls off your lap, or you will pick it up and throw it against the wall. Your response probably depends upon how you view this, the 249,428th installment in the ongoing discussion of gender in the church.
The May edition of the online journal of the American Psychological Association features a time capsule column which shows what used to pass for informed opinion a few decades ago. You can click here to read about a, ahem, scientific method men could employ to score their wives. According to the chart,
. . . 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.”
I give the APA folks credit for being able to have a good laugh at themselves. Much of what they thought they understood about successful marriages turned out to be rank stupidity. In some ways, the good old days weren’t all that good. Our own tradition has many of the same issues to deal with, and it is a lot more recent that 1939. Fascinating Womanhood was used for Relief Society instruction in the 1960s and 1970s. Our mothers and grandmothers were taught to put on a dress, makeup, and earrings before our fathers and grandfathers came home from work, to have a nice dinner on the table, and to keep the children quiet and away from their father. Shall we not palter? Let’s just admit right now that much of that is laugh out loud funny. What will our children and grandchildren think of us?