As I have done in the past few weeks; I found a reason to find myself disgusted by advice columns. I laugh and cringe when it comes to old standby’s like Ask Amy and the formerly great Dear Abby. Most of these columnists are naturally inclined to give you bad advice. I think that people, especially men, get terrible advice that will steer them wrong. I don’t blame anyone that calls advice column responses tripe. I always wanted to correct their responses and help society by being an utmost asshole, (hat tip to Aaron Clarey @ Asshole Consulting).
Consider this piece from a local newspaper, originally from Dear Prudence’s column (July 2, 2020): (watered down by yours truly)
I’m newly married, about six months now. My wife had difficulties that resulted in her getting kicked out of her master’s program. Until this point she had taken out around $100,000 in loans. I’ve been trying to persuade her to get a job, any job, to help pay down her student debt, but she always says, “I’d rather end it all than work a job I don’t love.” I entered this marriage thinking we’d be equal partners, but I’m finding that’s not the case. I’ve tried talking about it, but she claims it makes her “too stressed” and “too angry to talk about.” How can I approach this? It’s unlikely she’ll be able to work in her original field, and I don’t think I can support us and her student debt alone.
——Ready to Talk
(A) Ready to Talk, Matt wants to help you. I am unlike other people and will give you tough advice. You need to hit the pavement bad. You are the sucker supporting two people. You are and will continue to pay her bills (or mistakes) off. You aren’t equals. You can’t make her happy. She won’t kill herself, she just wants attention. She isn’t healthy and doesn’t want to be a healthy member of your party. You have only been at it for six months. Learn from your mistakes. She doesn’t and won’t care how you feel. Next time, don’t wife up a collection of red flags.
I don’t imagine that I will have a shortage of emails to answer. I would love to start doing this for anyone that sends me an email. If this is you; email us at email@example.com
If you hate advice columns; I don’t blame you. If it isn’t soft people giving advice; it is someone trying to justify acting like an insensitive asshole. Till next week.