Let’s all play a game. I was going to update each of these for 21st century norms, but I’m lazy. If everyone who stops by contributes a row – one merit and one demerit – I bet we can do the whole thing. Then I’ll compile it all and post it. Here’s how I would update #27:
Demerit: Is less than 15 pounds underweight
Merit: Frequently links to husband’s blog to boost his Technorati ranking. (No cheap blogging references after this one, dammit)
Some of them are timeless, of course. Even I hate it when women put their stockings in the wash basin.
Now, I know what you’re saying – what a load of bullshit, clearly sexist, blah blah patriarchy blah. But Dr. Crane is a psychologist AND a physician. And did you read his methods section? He talked to 600 men and they were very frank. He even weights the questions, which I’m sure was done in a rigorous manner. I assure you that I will re-evaluate our modern one with longitudinal principal nugget analysis to ensure that the weights are updated to reflect modern values.
For the record, Elphaba would score an 18. Beat that, suckers.
UPDATE! There’s one for men, too! Thank you, God! According to Elphaba, I’m a 36. woot. Link to the whole set. It is every bit as glorious as the first, if not more so. “Reads newspaper, magazines, or books aloud to wife”? Is she illiterate? “Gives wife real movie kisses”? Sheesh. When I read shit like this, I become terrified of the way that future generations will see mine.
However, kudos to the good doctor for giving 20 points for giving your wife an orgasm.