Advice column advice of the week
posted at 9:39 am on January 18, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
No, I’m not going to start a new feature, but I do have to admit that I like reading advice columns. When I got a newspaper delivered to my door, I used to read them regularly (along with the comic strips, which were most of the reason I kept up my subscriptions), but over the last fifteen years I’ve read them only occasionally. Sometimes they’re banal, sometimes infuriating, but today’s offering from Starshine Roshell made me laugh out loud, emphasis mine:
My wife basically dresses me. I’m in my 40s, and she’s barely 30, so she has a completely different style than me. We mainly hang out with her friends, and they’re all what you’d consider hipsters. She’s taken to buying hipster clothing, and whenever I’ve deviated from wearing these things, I’ve caught hell, so I gave up. These clothes include skinny jeans, plaid shirts, cardigans, and thick-framed glasses. She even made me get a trendy haircut. The problem is, I’m my own man, and I don’t really like this look. Even more, I feel that given my age, I shouldn’t be trying to dress like someone half my age. What can I tell my wife to get “me” back?
I love this question, but let’s both acknowledge the huge fallacy in it: A guy who lets his wife dress him, gets in trouble for wearing his own clothes, and then “gives up” has no business typing the phrase “The problem is, I’m my own man.” The problem — I think we both know — is that you’re no such thing.
He does sound like a perfect hipster in that, though.
And by the way … RIP, Pauline Friedman “Dear Abby” Phillips.