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    Default A 1939 "Marital Chart"





    George W. Crane, MD, was a marriage counselor and wrote a syndicated national newspaper column called "The Worry Clinic." He developed a test in the late 1930s called the Marital Rating Scale -- Wife's Chart. Here's the fist page of the test.
    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."

    1939 marital rating scale for wives - Boing Boing

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    thats hysterical. i would suck as a wife in 1939.
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    ^^ It's ok, your husband wouldn't care about demerits if you did that back then

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    Wow, did people really follow this advice back then? Ewwww.

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    Lol, my mom always said women who wore red
    nail polish were *ahem* cheap. It must be an old
    school belief.
    I never would have been a "good"wife back then, especially
    in the old west. I would have been the lady living upstairs
    in the saloon, not the wife (slave)making flour and churning butta.
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    Fail!


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    Wouldn't have lasted 10 minutes!
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    *hides his nails*
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    Here you can see the whole test.

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    Thanks Martirio! I was just looking for the husband's one.

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    Apart from the crooked seams I tick ALL those boxes, Merits and Demerits. It's a miracle he puts up with me.
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    "Seams in hose often crooked"? LOL

    "Puts cold feet on husband at night to warm them"? I almost laughed, but then remembered that my husband does that to me sometimes.

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    I would have been The Gay Divorcee for sure.

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    ^^ Fab film.

    I would have been the Merry Widow.

    Yeah, the crooked seams? Behead her!


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    I think I got an F-.
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