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The “broken windows” theory of crime:

The basic insight of the “broken windows” theory is that serious crime is kept low when petty crime such as vandalism is kept down. Lesser crimes leave the way open for greater crimes. At least that is my reading of it.

How does this remind me of handling a wife? Like this. As a husband, I have found that arguing with my wife about her “lesser crimes” seems to prevent worse “crimes”. I think women are - ”given an inch” – inclined to “take an ell”. That is, they will behave about as badly as you allow them to. If you argue with the missus about how long her skirts should be, you will not be arguing with her about whether she should wear skirts in the first place. If you are like me, and you prefer your wife not to wear pants (trousers), this is a better argument to have than one about skirts vs pants.

Likewise, if you remonstrate with her about the quality of her meals, you will not be arguing about whether she should cook at all.

Or if you complain that something she wears out looks tarty, you will not be arguing about whether she should flirt or not. Or, more seriously, if you argue and complain about her flirting, you are less likely to find yourself arguing about whether you should have an “open marriage”.

So, punish and deal with the minor crimes, to prevent the major crimes. Deal with broken windows, lest you have to deal with arson.

A wife will test the boundaries. Set them narrow. Don’t let her do outrageous things without any complaint from you, because she will eventually test you and go too far, and then it will be too late.

The same applies to children.

If you are a husband who wants to be an effective head of the house, this is something to keep in mind.

David Collard, Social Biology 84 Comments [3/8/2012 4:40:04 AM]
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Mudak

Oh how I hope this guy's wife consistently withholds sex from him, maybe even slowly poisoning his food and coffee every day...

3/8/2012 4:45:38 AM

TomA

I am very confident he's single, possibly divorced. I also predict he will die alone

3/8/2012 5:03:14 AM

Bollox

Fuck off to love-shy, asshole.

3/8/2012 5:08:26 AM

Percy Q. Shunn

Misogynists Say The Darnedest Things?

3/8/2012 5:16:12 AM

Celianna

You must be a member of love-shy, and forever alone.

3/8/2012 5:22:52 AM

Hertzyscowicz

Protip; dog training manual do not, as a rule, work well for marriages.

3/8/2012 5:34:27 AM

Malitia

This guy doesn't want a family just a figure collection...

3/8/2012 5:43:50 AM

Cool Guy

After she leaves you, I hope she kicks your sack of shit right where it hurts.

3/8/2012 5:55:24 AM

Swede

Good day to post this on... Gender equality hasn't moved an inch since 1812, in this guys mind.

What do yo mean with "they will behave about as badly as you allow them to", Davy dearie? We're all grown-ups and free human beings. You can't dictate how your wife behaves, how long her skirts are, what she wears, how she cooks, any more than she can dictate what you should wear and when to mow the lawn and paint the house.

You're absolutely wrong; if my husband remonstrated about the quality of my meals, he would definitely have to cook for himself.
The more you argue, the more wedge you push between you and your wife, idiot.

Punish? How, and for what crimes? If your wife is testing the boundaries, you are not having a husband-wife relationship, but a father-daughter relationship or an owner-pet relationship, and a creepy one at that.

3/8/2012 5:59:30 AM

Jezebel's Evil Sister

"... I think women are - ”given an inch” – inclined to “take an ell”. ...

What the ell?

If you're a husband who wants his wife and children to hate him, this is something to keep in mind. Won't be long before they're taking "ells" (L-shaped pipes?) up against your head.

3/8/2012 6:02:36 AM

Darwin

Social Biology
"A NARCISSIST WITH A HIGHLY ABUSIVE PERSONALITY"

Well at least he's honest.

He's also an asshole.

3/8/2012 6:06:45 AM

QC is laughing

I fully support the creation of a MSTDT!

If my father would have listened any one of these tips from another century and applied them in his relationship with my mom, he would be alone,

so very alone.

3/8/2012 6:14:24 AM

Mister Spak

I've found this works well with fundies. If David Collards outbursts are immediately replied to with a cast iron frying pan to the head, such outbursts, and worse behavior, is much less likely in the future.

3/8/2012 6:32:33 AM

Table Rock

So you tell her that her cooking is bad and she dresses like a whore... and you wonder why she wants to get away from you?

You probably shouldn't let her touch you either. That will prevent her from having to punch you in the dick.

3/8/2012 6:37:22 AM

dionysus

Likewise, if you remonstrate with her about the quality of her meals, you will not be arguing about whether she should cook at all.

You've never had a wife before, have you? You criticize her cooking she'll hand you the pan and tell you to cook your own damn meal from now on.

3/8/2012 6:46:17 AM

NoriMori

"That is, they will behave about as badly as you allow them to. If you argue with the missus about how long her skirts should be, you will not be arguing with her about whether she should wear skirts in the first place."

Yeah. Because she'll get so sick of the arguments that she'll just stop wearing skirts altogether and will wear nothing but pants.

"Likewise, if you remonstrate with her about the quality of her meals, you will not be arguing about whether she should cook at all."

Yeah, because if you hate her cooking so much, she'll stop cooking for you altogether, and make an ingrate like you cook for yourself if you hate the way she does it so much.

Oh wait, that's not what you wanted, is it?

You fail basic human understanding forever. You also fail basic human decency forever.

3/8/2012 6:47:48 AM

A White Dude With AIDS

It's a Ch-Ch-Ch-FOREVERALONE.

I got ya thar, didn't I?

3/8/2012 7:01:17 AM

A White Dude With AIDS

Also, in regards to the children comment, if you did that shit to me, I would stab your dumb ass and tell you to do your own damn chores. Dumbass.

3/8/2012 7:02:17 AM

C_V


Definition of ELL
: a former English unit of length (as for cloth) equal to 45 inches (about 1.14 meters); also : any of various units of length used similarly

3/8/2012 7:02:37 AM

Doubting Thomas

So, in other words, be an anally-retentive control freak who constantly argues & berates his wife over petty things so that she won't want to argue over bigger issues.

My wife's sister had a husband (also a narcissist with an abusive personality) who treated her like this. He kept arguing over every little thing so that it would constantly wear her down, and she'd just give in because she couldn't take arguing any more. Needless to say the marriage didn't last because she finally got tired enough to leave him.

3/8/2012 7:03:54 AM

Tempus

It's really awesome, how you treat your wife like a child who can't make her own decisions.

I hope she manages to escape you one day.

3/8/2012 7:08:23 AM

Noneofyourbusiness

We really need a Sexists Say The Darnedest Things. Make it happen, people.

3/8/2012 7:12:32 AM

Prager

Beware the dutiful wife who just smiles and keeps silent: one of these days you might not wake up.

3/8/2012 7:12:34 AM

David B.

So by your theory, your wife should be giving you merry hell about the mildest reproving comment, thereby preventing you from progressing up to the level of "complete douche".

So if only you had told her earlier, all this could have been avoided!

3/8/2012 7:14:33 AM

Brendan Rizzo

For the last time, women are human beings with the same rights as men. What makes you think they are inferior or that you have a right to control them, anyway? You are making all men look like sexist chauvinist pigs, and giving fodder to the misandrists, so as a non-sexist male, I hereby revoke your Y-chromosome priveleges.

3/8/2012 7:17:18 AM
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