My mother-in-law and stepmother-in-law are both quite lovely people. I have fantastic, platonic relationships with both. But that's where it ends.
Apparently YOU aren't in the same boat.
Here are 11 results from a recent survey out of England on the subject of mothers-in-law...
Four out of five of married men have a great relationship with their partner's mother. Cool. That's very sweet. Take that, Jane Fonda in that movie. So far, so good.
Half of married men find their mother-in-law attractive. Well, a nice looking lady is a nice looking lady, no need to hold back on the compliments.
Two-thirds would be happy if their wife aged like her mother. Certainly a touching compliment to both parties. Win-win.
31 percent believe their wife looks pretty similar overall to her mother. Perhaps your wife might take a slight bit of umbrage with that, but umbrage that caps at "mild."
One in six believes their mother-in-law is more attractive than their wife. Ooh, better not say that one out loud. (To anyone except, apparently, a random person conducting a survey. Charming British accents sure are a disarming means to get people talking.) That's going to bring out the hardcore umbrage.
Almost one-third intentionally push their wife's buttons by telling her how attractive her mother is. Well, if you have a controversial thought, might as well weaponize it.
Half think their wife's clothing is influenced by her mother (and one in eight think their mother-in-law is more stylish). First off, good news for Ann Taylor, you're killin' the game. Second off, isn't this style observation a better way to push your wife's buttons than saying, "Your mom's attractive." But what do I know? The way I push my wife's buttons is by intentionally messing up lyrics as I sing songs. Drives her crazy.
One in four has a genuine crush their mothers-in-law. Things are starting to get a bit unsavory.
One in four openly flirt with their mother-in-law. Now you're escalating.
31 percent believe their mother-in-law is secretly attracted to them. Now she's escalating. (Or you're irrationally cocky.)
And finally, 18 percent believe their mother-in-law once made a subtle pass at them. Whoomp! There it is.
This post was originally published on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 11:00:00 AM under the category Dating & Sex.