Date Night, 1933

A timeless test for good husbands?


Lynn Harris
June 10, 2009 4:11PM (UTC)

Today, as we know, all that's required to be a good husband is to take your wife to a show, let her mother move in and lead the free world as a symbol of hope and change. But now we have evidence that some degree of enlightenment has long been expected of the male helpmeet. Witness this recently exhumed 1933 "Test For Husbands" (via Fark), which -- while stating, in parts, the should-be obvious -- is not quite as fossil-icious as one might expect. It assigns 1 demerit each for transgressions such as "objects to wife's driving auto" and "snores" (and 5 for "tells lies, not dependable" and "flirts with other women while out with wife"), while awarding 5 points each for “gives wife ample allowance or turns paycheck over to her,” “frequently compliments wife re looks, cooking, housekeeping, etc.” -- and, yes, “has date with wife at least once per week.” (Thirty years later, Don Draper: FAIL.) Precisely what kind of date is not helpfully specified. Today, thank goodness, we have Rick Santorum for that.


Lynn Harris

Award-winning journalist Lynn Harris is author of the comic novel "Death by Chick Lit" and co-creator of BreakupGirl.net. She also writes for the New York Times, Glamour, and many others.

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