My husband posted the most hilarious meme on Facebook today:
All of his friends were like, "Hahahaha! I know, right?!" which made me feel really great about myself. I mean, there's no self-esteem boost like having the man you married -- the man who is supposed to love and honor and care for you -- mock you in front of his friends.
Then it snowballed and his friends started posting their favorite memes, and everyone was laughing and giving each other virtual slaps on the back like "Yeah man, women are RIDICULOUS!" See for yourself:
What, you don't believe this actually happened? (Good, because my husband is the kindest man I know and would never do such a thing!) But, switch the word "wife" to "husband" (or "women" to "men") and you have yourself a regular day on Facebook.
All of these memes (which my sister helpfully modified for me) are real male-bashing memes that have been posted by my female friends and acquaintances. Memes that were laughed at and shared and snickered over by women who supposedly love their husbands.
"Oh, come on Bonnie," you say. "Can't you take a joke?" Well, when it comes to husband bashing, no, I can't. Because, as a wife, the number one person I should be defending is my husband. The number one person I should be loving is my husband. No one should show him more kindness than I do, and that includes when I talk about him on social media.
Is my husband perfect? Of course not, but neither am I! And he is an amazing person who does so many wonderful things! Why, when I love him so much, would I reduce him to some kind of male-buffoon caricature and mock him in front of my friends?
We all have faults and quirks and idiosyncrasies, and it's okay to see the humor in that. But, to paraphrase my sister, sometimes women focus so much on the fact that their husbands can't get their dirty clothes in the hamper that they forget to be grateful for the work their husbands do in providing clothes for the entire family.
It's time to move past the dirty laundry, ladies.
And it's time to stop hanging our husbands out to dry.