When I first heard of Dog Shaming (well, I didn’t hear of it first – first I heard of Mom Shaming and then the Dog Shaming, but the Dog Shaming came first) and the Mom Shaming that grew out of it on Divine Secrets of a Domestic Diva, I thought the whole idea was genius. The signs the pets or people held up admitting their hideous acts of wrongdoing were so honest, so flawed and so funny.
But my favorite, my all time favorite shaming, is husband shaming. I believe that’s where the true shaming lies. Dogs know not what they do, moms make mistakes in the fast, unchartered frenzy of parenting, but husbands…husbands choose their actions with deliberation, and they almost always make the wrong choice.
So wrong, in fact, that when Mommy Shorts originally put out a call for photos from readers for a husband shaming post she was planning to put together following her own photo shaming of her husband, she got no response. None. That’s when Kerry at House TalkN (among a few brave others), who recognized a good cause when she saw one, took up the slack for the rest of the blogosphere and convinced all the men in her neighborhood to admit to their wrongdoing, take a picture of it and post it online for the whole world to judge. And it was good. So very, very good.
But I’m always late to the party, and I found out about all this after the fact. And I was devastated. I thought, surely, I’ve done something wretched I could have contributed, and if not I know my husband has. I just couldn’t let this opportunity pass without pointing out all of the horrible things my husband has done. They are just too good to let go unpublicized.
So I set out to publicly humiliate him. I wrote to Mommy Shorts inquiring as to whether she planned another husband shaming post for the holidays. It was the perfect time of year to do it, a reflective time, a time to ponder life’s circuitous path and reminisce about all the ways our husbands have wronged us.
As I sat there composing my note with a specific instance in mind to submit, all the transgressions my husband’s committed over the course of our relationship came flooding back. Another and another and another. They just kept coming. And I thought, hell, I don’t even need to take part in a montage of other people’s horrible husbands. I could write a whole husband shaming post all on my own.
And so I have.
I want to thank my husband for being such a good sport for this post. But he owed me.
What have you all got to get off your chests about your husbands (and maybe force a really nice gift out of him by publicly shaming him)?
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