Guy Put His "Nagging Wife" Up For Auction, "Hilarity" Ensues

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... And obviously, the Mirror had to send a reporter to see if she is really as bad as all that! And she is!

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In the charming, "A day with the nagging wife whose husband put her up for sale," intrepid reporter Matt Roper decides to see whether he can handle a wife so nagging that her husband, Gary, just "had" to put an ad in Trade It reading ""high maintenance, some rust, but free to collector."

Donna's reaction? "She gave me an ear-bashing about it but she's seen the funny side now." (Oh, and agreed to be humiliated in the ) In case you're wondering, why, yes! She does nag the reporter! She makes him do all the household chores and wait on her and says a lot of stuff like, "Men need to be told what they're doing wrong… they are so pathetic on their own" and ""Why can't men do anything right?" and other things that are obviously not for the benefit of the reporter, leaving the cowed journalist to conclude, "Gary, she's all yours!"

Beyond the fact that none of this is remotely funny to someone who doesn't find "The Lockhorns" riotous, why the hell would this woman do this to herself? If she and her husband want to indulge in humiliating stunts on their own time, okay, I guess that's their prerogative. Clearly, she's not thinking about the larger social implications of disseminating this sort of cliche, and we're not going to look to the Daily Mail for good judgment on this or any point, but really? Even if they were paid, could the sum have been enough to justify this sort of humiliation? This is a question I am often left pondering after watching a particularly disturbing episode of Wife Swap. Are people so desperate for their fifteen minutes that anything will do? Obviously I'm not the first to pose this question in the era of reality television, but something about this story - the degrading premise, the lameness of its "humor," even the relative brevity of a piece that was probably shunted to somewhere mid-paper - is especially distressing. That said: we do see the appeal of making a tabloid reporter clean our toilet while we insult him...as long as we're dealing in such elevated currencies.

A Day With The Nagging Wife [Mirror]

DISCUSSION

By
Werrick

This is news?

Clearly this woman and I would not get along.

I think it's safe to say that we've all seen this in one form or another in our own lives. I've seen it a few times, myself. I probably shouldn't admit this, but I've actually said something to couples in public that I didn't know in extraordinary cases.

I think the last time I was in line to buy movie tickets and this woman was just hammering on her, uh... husband or boyfriend I guess. She criticised (loudly) what he was wearing, his hair, some chores he did at home, it just went on and on for about 10 minutes and finally I guess I'd had enough and turned to her and told her "Jeez, lady, give it a rest, already, you're not his damn mother. Besides, I think I speak for everyone when I say that we're tired of listening to you."

I think she probably wold have fired back at me because she opened her mouth to say something, but at that moment I think her husband finally found his balls and chose that moment to stick up for himself. They argued all the way into the movie theatre.

The reality is that there are a lot of men these days, my age, that think that kind of thing is normal relationship phenomena.