How to Be a Considerate Spouse

A freind from back when I lived in Seattle has a Kickstarter campaign going that is precisely the kind of thing Kickstarter was meant for; quirky, interesting, and not overtly comercial.

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Reader Comments (24)

"Clearly you weren't listening" is reserved for acquaintances, and avoided with / by considerate spouses.

September 1, 2013 | Unregistered Commentergobbler

How do you even beat someone at monopoly in less than half an hour?

Also, well played on all 4 panels, great punchlines

September 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRaestloz


September 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike

Hmmm.....Did Missy write the narration for this one? :)

September 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterInfogleaner

Your comics never fail to brighten up my day. KUTGW!!

September 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJackFTW

Excellent as usual.

September 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

I'm not sure, but to me this one seems a bit misogynistic.

September 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterhenry

@henry: Hyou keep using that hword. I do not think it means what you think it means.

September 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCzernobog

It's misogynistic to say that his wife wins at Scrabble?


September 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkhereva

I didn't mind being beaten at Scrabble, but I did mind waiting while my obsessed-with-winning opponent took five minutes to make sure the most points possible were being gained during every turn. Much easier to watch movies together.

September 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

Is almost like this was written about me and my wife.

September 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

@henry: I'm guessing that by "misogynistic" here, you mean something along the lines of "implicitly supports the stereotype that women are unwilling to compromise in a relationship by doing things that their partner enjoys more than they do"? That could be worth discussing here, but just saying "misogynistic" isn't going to convey anything more than "this upsets me" to the vast majority of people.

I've read enough social justice blogs and discussions to have a decent understanding of the relevant concepts, and I enjoy thinking critically about media in general. So, sure, *I* went through the process of examining what assumptions the humour here is helped by, and noticing which of those assumptions are based on gender stereotypes.

I'm well within the minority, though, and I *already* understand the stuff I gather you want more people to understand. Posts like yours don't accomplish anything beyond calling people to take sides; nobody actually learns anything new.

September 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermetagameface

Hmm we need something like a thumbs up button for people like Metagameface.

I did once have a girlfriend who seemed to want to turn everything into a competition. We didn't have conversations with differing opinions, we had debates to be won. She was a bit of a sore looser too. Gods help me if I won more than one or two matches in a row at Soul Calibur. This was not an endearing combination of traits and our relationship didn't last all that long.
I think it might have been because she had two older brothers. She's mellowed out a bit recently, but I think we make better friends than GF/BF.
Comic reminds me of that.

September 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSpatula of Doom

@henry wrote: "I'm not sure, but to me this one seems a bit misogynistic."

Misogynistic would be if he said, "Iron my shirt, B***h, and make me a sammich."

September 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHanover Fiste

'Clearly you weren't listening' is only one step away from escalation: 'should I use smaller words?'

September 3, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermcinsand

"How do you even beat someone at monopoly in less than half an hour?"

If you know what you're doing and don't do the stupid "free parking" garbage, the game actually is rather quick. Two players playing head-to-head shouldn't take more than an hour, hour and a half to play a game.

September 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSean

My boyfriend and I played chess once. Once.

September 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAudax

I beat my friend Loud Alison (who is different from this strip's Loud Allison) in like ten minutes by flipping the board over in her lap and then hitting her in the head with a sofa pillow.

September 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKate

Quick question about your Amazon Affiliate link. I obsessively collect books by Terry Pratchett, and a new one just came out. Do you get credit if I order that through your link, or do you only get credit for purchasing your book?

If you follow the link to Amazon, anything you purchase in that visit gives us affiliate credit. So Pratchett up, J! ~Missy

September 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJ in TO

How long after the Monopoly game did it take for you to see more of Missy, other than the Intimacy-Killing Glower Of DOOM?

September 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTheKFV

Not much of a Monopoly player, but I once took over the world in 30 minutes during a game of Risk. My brother never got over it.

September 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAdrian

"I'm not sure, but to me this one seems a bit misogynistic."

It is also a bit sexist, misanthropic, cynical and misandrystic. That's because it is observational humour.

(I luurve the way my spell checker wants me to change 'misandrystic' into 'misogynistic', which as we know is symptomatic of the evil cabal of male programmers working on open source dictionary projects specifically to oppress wimmin, but that's by-the-by.)

henry's reaction reminds me of this little verse, which infuriates my ultra-feminist mother-in-law:

Women have got many faults,
Men have only two.
Everything they say
And everything they do.

But Scott & Missy's relationship feels much like my own marriage and most of the other successful ones we know: he makes a bit of an effort and so she tolerates him. It's as much as we can hope for in society. And more than many have. :-)

"You can thank your lucky stars that we're not as smart as we'd like to think we are."

I'm supposed to be getting ready to go to the first lecture of my new degree course. You'd never know I was procrastinating, would you?

October 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSimes

Somehow I seem to be the first one to point out that you misspelled the word "friend" in the comment below the comic.
This is on my third read through the archives though...
Still awesomely funny! Keep it up :)

April 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAtaradan

When I play smartphone scrabble, I just button-mash. Eventually, it works. I've actually won games on luck alone.

September 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNobody
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