Rate My Wife!


It is the 1930s and the marriages across the nation are in trouble. Blame it on the impending war , the economy or the dust bowl. If there was only some system to rate my wife. She's the problem of course.

[Enter Stage Left: Dr. George W. Crane]

Now presenting the The Marital Rating Scale. (Click image below for full chart)

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."

I find this amusing and incredibly interesting. Just a small glimpse of the husband and wife roles at this point in history.

Source: APA Online

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