The superior wife?

Carin Rubenstein’s new book “The Superior Wife Syndrome” is due to be released next week.  According to the book’s website, “this book will make it clear why wives are better than husbands in so many ways; and it will also show you the many reasons why that’s a problem that needs to be fixed.”  Although the website doesn’t hint at how to fix it, the book apparently covers that, too.  A newspaper article about the book says that Rubenstein thinks that women should use their superiority in order to retrain their husbands.  One way of doing this, it seems, is to reward him with sex.  ” ‘He’s like a two-year-old child,” [Rubenstein] says of most husbands. “You have to offer him a piece of candy. You have to work with rewards that are going to work. Sex is one of those.’ “

7 thoughts on “The superior wife?

  1. Sheesh. What a load o’ crap. It’s Yet Another Way women are portrayed as not wanting sex for their own pleasure or enjoying sex as a connection with a loved partner.

    It also insults the intelligence of two-year-olds! =)

  2. I love it! It reminds me of those long ago days when I had the following sort of this:

    He’s so great, a true companion, someone I love. Of course, I am definitely NOT going to live my whole life with someone who does A, B and C, but I’ll change that.

    Such foolish days.

  3. Uhm ewe. If we don’t want to be treated like children when it comes to control of our own lives and bodies, perhaps it is a bad idea to treat men like children when it comes to partnership.

  4. A friend of mine is constantly pointing out the amount of adverts, magazine articles, books, and so on that treat men as childish idiots who don’t have enough brain cells to know how to turn on a vacuum cleaner. Not a great portrayal of men, and not helpful for women either – as Red Queen notes.

  5. Someone I know calls it the ‘privilege of irresponsible stupidity’: advertisements, sitcoms, movies.,etc., portray the doing of reckless, irresponsible, and stupid things without any consequences as a privilege of masculinity. Women have to take on responsibility whether they want to or not; men, unfettered by consequences, get to be adolescents who have to be coaxed into taking on even the most obvious kinds of responsibility for their actions. It repeatedly takes on the narrative role of an almost absolute privilege for men, and is a sign of just how far the gender imbalance is tipping, at least as far as what people regard as a plausible portrayal of the sexes: men are portrayed as deserving, simply by virtue of being men, all the fun and no consequences for irresponsibility, women are portrayed as having, simply by virtue of being women, all the responsibility and no reward for taking it on (except that, somehow, taking on the responsibility is supposed to be its own reward).

    It’s very exasperating; it’s not as if it’s impossible to imagine a likable male character who actually takes responsibility for himself and others.

  6. Hmm, maybe I should use my superiority as a husband and re-train my wife by rewarding her with chocolate or money to going shopping with everytime she give mes a really, really good blowjob? Oh wait, that sounds F*&KING RETARDED!

    No, I think my wife and I will continue to SHARE our RESPONSIBILITIES as a married couple and help each other in raising our children, paying our bills, and doing house chores.

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