The 1930s guide to being the perfect wife

May 15th, 2008 - 1:46 pm ICT by admin  

London, May 15 (ANI): Does your wife flirt with other men at parties? Is she slow to get into bed? Or is her favourite nail polish colour red? Well, if it is so, then get set and give her a score courtesy Marital Ratings Scale from the 1930s.

Psychologists have unearthed the chart, which allowed husbands to evaluate their wives in the 1930s.

In the chart, designed by an American academic, wives would lose points for being slow in getting into bed at night, failing to sew on buttons and darn socks, or for wearing red nail polish.

Also in the minus column were categories marked “flirts with other men at parties” and “goes to bed with curlers on her hair or face cream”.

A wife could also lose points for putting her cold feet on (her] husband at night to warm them.

In the plus column, however, women were rated well for their conversation, delivering meals on time and for being a “good hostess even with unexpected guests”.

Having a tidy house and putting the children to bed personally were also deemed to be the wife’s responsibility, reports The Scotsman.

Also worthy of merit was the wife who never goes to bed angry.

The test also included categories on sex and swearing. A woman would lose five points for using slang or profanity.

But if she reacts with pleasure and delight to marital congress she would gain ten points.

By adding up the totals, wives would be rated from Very Poor (Failures) to Very Superior.

The test was designed by Dr George Crane, who wrote an agony-aunt style newspaper column called The Worry Clinic. He also ran a matchmaking service, which used the wife test as a guide to measure how compatible men and women were.

The test is published in Monitor Online, the journal of the American Psychological Association. (ANI)

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