“Show me a loyal husband and I’ll show you one who’s never had a real opportunity to stray.” – Bel Mooney
I saw the above quote on a blog today… and it’s a little hard to explain how fucking angry it made me. Not the post itself, that was fine, just the quote. Similar statements are unfortunately common, we see them all the time, but this one very specifically pissed me off. Really, the sexism (and cynicism) in that single line made me want to puke and then punch someone in the face.
When I got married I was totally in love, head over heels, dedicated to her. I did everything “right”, making sure she was taken care of, I treated her like a princess, I was responsible, respectful but fun, romantic, patient and caring… And to make sure I could take care of her I joined the Navy. Good money, benefits, etc. We moved far away from home, two newlyweds on an adventure.