It's a testament to the position of men in our society that the editors of the Reader's Digest thought something like this was publishable! All wives in the west consider it their solemn duty to make sure their husbands are "kept in their place" and don't get "too uppity"! In short, to continually hen peck them to "make sure they don't get a "swelled head". I have seen a couple of male responses to this:
- In my mother's Christian Science Church in El Cajon, CA, all her girlfriends' husbands died in their late 50's, death being the only acceptable escape from the continual humiliation and belittling. We're talking about over 10 men here!
- Guys who are really successful can afford to change wives, finding a younger woman who appreciates them for the man they've become, rather than continually reminding them of the boy they once were. This is where buying an expensive sports car comes in! It's something they've always had to deny themselves owing to spousal ridicule of their "midlife crisis". Yet young men cannot afford such toys!
Once we get this straight, as the wife continually hammers on you, we understand that this is how her mother treated her father (more than likely). And this does NOT impact our sense of our masculine selves and we can love and support our wives and see through this toxic veneer that governs them.