This "marital rating scale" from 1939 is amazing in all sorts of ways.
Some surprising excerpts:
The man gets points for "consulting wife about business affairs", turning over the "whole paycheck" to her, and helping with housework and childcare. He gets 20 points for making sure his wife has an orgasm whenever they have sex. He gets "demerits" for not getting dressed on Sundays, and for "writing on the tablecloth with a pencil." (Is pen better? And was this really a common problem?)
The woman gets demerits for wearing red nail polish, "wearing pajamas while cooking", failing to wash the top of the milk bottle before opening it, walking around the house in stockinged feet, and "taking dope".
She gets points for being able to "carry on an interesting conversation" (good little wifey), "keeping snacks in the refrigerator for late night eating", and being "jolly and gay".
Then there's the complaints that I've still heard people making today:
- Calls, "Where is the - " without looking for it first. (Man)
- Leaves dresser drawers open. (Man)
- Squeezes toothpaste from the top. (Man)
- Puts cold feet on husband at night to warm them. (Woman)