Hey Dads, Insulting Your Wives On The Internet Doesn’t Make Us Think You Have A Big Penis

men-insulting-their-wivesIf you have any sort of social media account you probably follow some men on it. Yes, there are a lot of cool dads on the internet who I am friends with, I read their articles, we talk about books and movies and parenting, but every once in a while, one of these guys will post something that creeps me out beyond belief. Now, I know a lot of these men are just trying to be funny or make what they feel is a hilarious joke, but I can tell you, the women who follow you, are pretty much not impressed. There is nothing creepier than a man who slags on his wife on the Internet. I’m not talking about guys who will E-mail to vent about a legitimate concern, or someone who talks about marriage in general, or problems with marriage, or anything that married people deal with on any given day when you have decided to devote your life to one person. I’m talking about the douchedudes who regularly post shit like this:

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I’m such a nice social media friend that I even deleted their names to protect their identities. It’s like they are aping some weird hipster dad version of Rodney Dangerfield in an attempt to tell the world or at least their social media world that they are married, but they don’t really like it. I’m not sure what the point of them doing this is, so I have decided the only reason men act this way is because they think the women who follow their social media feeds will all think they are sorta unhappy with their spouses and that they all have gigantic peni and will send them nudes. Or something.

Most women don’t like when you make fun of or insult the women in their lives. If we like you, and think you are smart or funny or interesting we pretty much assume your wives are the same way too. It’s just so .. unseemly. Most of the guys who do this have kids and maybe offline they totally respect their wives and it’s just some internet shtick they have going on, but I just don’t find it cool. Or funny. It just feels desperate and lowest-common denominator, like people who can’t be funny on their own so they have to make fun of the people they married, people who are probably busy changing a diaper or cooking a meal while they are making fun of her chins online.

So men, knock it off. It’s boring. We aren’t impressed. If anything, all of us women are looking at our own husbands who don’t do shit like this and thinking about how terribly lucky we are.


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  • CMJ

    Quote from my man last night in response to very similar comments/actions from douchebags: “I even hate me a little just from the sheer stupidity of our sex sometimes.”

  • LiteBrite

    I agree. However, I’d like to add that plenty of women mock and downright insult their husbands on social media and other outlets. Personally I think that insulting your spouse publicly, no matter if you’re a man or a woman, gay, straight, etc is in poor taste.

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    • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

      I will take them down next, but I need to use the term “pretty vagina”

    • Chuck

      Your sarcasm doesn’t necessary address the issue!

    • AS

      That is what I was thinking. I think there are probably more women out there that do it than men….and agree – you should only publicly support your spouse and shouldn’t even insult in private

    • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

      see, I think the women I follow are all sorts of feminist because I never see them doing this

    • Chuck

      Go to scary mommy, and see if your statement stands.

    • Courtney

      I was going to say the same thing! I hate the whole “stupid dumb men” stereotype that some women like to use. You should never insult your spouse in public.

  • Blueathena623

    Rodney dangerfield normally slagged himself (although I haven’t watched a ton of his comedy, so I could be wrong.) if you’re going to insult your spouse, at least be original and don’t fall back on stereotypes (fat, spends too much money, talks to much). These are as original as joking about airline food.

  • wordaddict

    I must really have the right friends, because I never see this, from men or women.

    • SusannahJoy

      I was thinking the same thing. Yay for awesome friends!

  • Ashley

    It’s weirdly common among people I know to do nothing but complain about their spouse. And I do not get it at all. Do you not like them? Why are you with them if you have nothing positive to say? Venting once in a while is alright, but constantly speaking negatively of your partner leads you to constantly THINK negatively about them, and it’s got to be truly damaging to your relationship…

    Sort of a tangent there, sorry.

  • Tea

    Erg, I know straight and queer guys who pull this kind of BS all the time, usually it’s just straight up whining that’s trying to be funny and witty. I admit, the first one kind of gave me a chuckle, the rest were just lame. Then again, I don’t really know much about straight and especially dudebro “culture”. Too many Pink Squirrels I guess…

    I’ve never really understood complaining about your spouse casually, I understand needing the occasional bitch/bullshit session to vent, but doing it constantly just feels really weird to me. I’ve given a good hard whine a time or two at friends, especially when I needed advice. My spouse has Adult ADD, and sometimes it drives me nuts, but I’m not going to make fun of him on the internet and think I’m suddenly think I’m the height of funny and now part of the Cool Guy Club. I quit applying there when I was 16.

    Besides, I have a lot more fun pulling the deadpan snarker/catty gentleman routine. Making fun of my partner is a lot less witty than a calm snark smackdown while smoking a pipe.

    • Gangle

      I know, right? I feel the need to bitch about the husband on a semi-regular basis, because he is so darn frustrating to live with. I can only imagine he feels the same. The thing is, it do it in private on the phone to my bestie or my sister, both people who know just how awesome he is in reality and understand that despite my occasional urge to stab him with a fork, I truly love and respect him. I would never ridicule him in public.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1165875627 Jennifer Ives O’Meara

    I never understood this trend, even if the roles were reversed & she was bitching about him, it just doesn’t make any sense to me. Why would anyone even say something so cruel or rude about their spouse on any media site? Says all I need to know about a person, and since this doesn’t happen a whole lot i must be lucky to know some decent people.

  • http://www.facebook.com/courtney.wooten Courtney Lynn

    Husband-bashing AND wife-bashing both need to stop. It’s disgusting that men would talk about the women they promised to love, honor and comfort that way.