Where would we be without the Word Police to keep us decent and woke?
Analysis: The term “wifey” is sexist and infantilizing. When can we finally get rid of it? https://t.co/6k0nBOVVse“
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) May 2, 2018
Mandy Stadtmiller begins:
I learned about the Freudian model of the “Madonna-whore dichotomy” around the same time I first heard the term “wifey.” I was in college, and some chiseled frat bro used it to describe his ideal future bride. Suddenly I understood how quickly men place every woman into one of two categories: the virginal “Madonna” (“wifey”), or the filthy “whore” who’s not suitable for marriage.
I knew right then, I was not a wifey. Which left, well, just one other option.
That was 20 years ago. Since then, the definition of what it means to be a wife has changed. Same-sex marriage is legal across the country, giving us more examples of what being a spouse looks like. At the same time, marriage rates have dropped, so more women can see futures for themselves where being a wife isn’t their only option. Yet, the slut-or-wife stereotype remains.
As marriage has become both more accessible and less compulsory, why does this insult still hang around? And why does it infuriate so acutely?
Yeah, Mandy … it only infuriates people who spend their days looking for things to be infuriated about. The rest of us honestly couldn’t care less.
“Breaking news and analysis”
— Chloé S. Valdary (@cvaldary) May 2, 2018
Slow day at the office I see
— Brendan Shea (@bsheaviolin) May 2, 2018
The fact that this article was written shows that ALL the other problems the world is facing have been solved…
— John Normand (@JormandBigCat) May 2, 2018
Now this is real hard-hitting journalism. Keep up the good work. This is the type of quality content that I have come to expect from you. I will tell my hubby to no longer call me wifey.
— Ben’s Wife who is a doctor (@ShapiroWaifu) May 2, 2018
1. I don’t care.
2. But since you are focusing on something so stupid, I feel that we should get rid of “bae” and “boo” first.
Thanks, pumpkin. https://t.co/vuMTBUbd9W
— Kimberly Ross (@SouthernKeeks) May 2, 2018
No it isn’t. Grow up. pic.twitter.com/Rv9nejwGPC
— Kelly Merritt (@kellylinn8) May 2, 2018
Yeah, no. I think you trying to tell me which words not to use is infantalizing.
— Chica’sBailBonds (@irinamoises) May 2, 2018
This is the type of content you want me to pay for?
— Chris Cote (@boston2chicago) May 2, 2018
Modern journalism: scouring the interwebs looking for shiny new triggers…
— Andrew Frank (@AndrewFrank81) May 2, 2018
And now I’m unfollowing you. This is journalism? What a joke.
— Staci Wallace (@staci_wallace) May 2, 2018
You know, not to sound like a broken record, but:
Hashtag this is why Trump won. https://t.co/zePXkJRoMX
— David Edward (@_David_Edward) May 2, 2018
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