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Oedipal Arrangements: Are You Attracted to Your Mother-in-Law?
written by Sam Greenspan

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...
  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Two-thirds would be happy if their wife aged like her mother. Certainly a touching compliment to both parties. Win-win.

  4. 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."

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. One in four has a genuine crush their mothers-in-law. Things are starting to get a bit unsavory.

  9. One in four openly flirt with their mother-in-law. Now you're escalating.

  10. 31 percent believe their mother-in-law is secretly attracted to them. Now she's escalating. (Or you're irrationally cocky.)

  11. 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.

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