June 07, 2007

On "TrophyGate"

The fact is, my husband is my senior by nine-and-a-half years.

One of my employees once referred to me as John's "trophy wife." Not being particularly intellectually insecure, I assumed this guy was kissing up to me, so I just thanked him, and that was that.

Question: If Woody Allen had married a woman the age of his current wife who was not, by cultural convention, his stepdaughter, how would people have reacted to that? I suspect they would have found it acceptable: it was the quasi-incestuous angle that bothered people.

Posted by Attila Girl at June 7, 2007 10:52 PM | TrackBack

I do not remember anyone calling Heather Harlan Tony Randall's "trophy wife" - although he was born in 1920 and she was born in 1970. Yes, 1970.

Posted by: Mark at June 8, 2007 05:15 AM

Ah, but with anyone who has political leanings, there is no decision he/she can make that is too personal for remarks in the public sphere. I'm waiting for the day that we start comparing the brands of nosehair clippers the candidates use.

Look. Any woman can be considered a "trophy." When I was in my twenties one of my male cohorts--several years younger than I--dated a woman in her forties. She was a trophy, too, though: he had bagged an older woman who was experienced and articulate and (presumably) knew something about the world. He really dug showing up with her on his arm.

The fact is, most guys like bringing their wives and girlfriends to parties, because they feel like they make them look good. It's actually pretty normal for a guy to want to show his woman off.

Posted by: Attila Girl at June 8, 2007 06:04 AM

It's actually pretty normal for a guy to want to show his woman off.

I would go so far to posit that if he doesn't want to show her off that there is something wrong: either with him, her, or the nature of their relationship.

And it isn't a man-thing, either. Women like showing of their men, too. Admit it, LMA: on occasion you encourage AtH to dress in a certain way when you're going to a social event together.

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