A new study found one in six married men finds his mother-in-law more attractive than his wife. And sometimes the feeling is reciprocated.
My mother-in-law and stepmother-in-law are both quite lovely people. I have fantastic, platonic relationships with both. But that’s where it ends.
Apparently YOU aren’t in the same boat.
Here are 11 results from a recent survey out of England on the subject of mothers-in-law…
1 | Four out of five of married men have a great relationship with their partner’s mother
Cool. That’s very sweet. Take that, Jane Fonda in that movie. So far, so good.
2 | Half of married men find their mother-in-law attractive
Well, a nice looking lady is a nice looking lady, no need to hold back on the compliments.
3 | Two-thirds would be happy if their wife aged like her mother
Certainly a touching compliment to both parties. Win-win.
4 | 31 percent believe their wife looks pretty similar overall to her mother
Perhaps your wife might take a slight bit of umbrage with that, but umbrage that caps at “mild.”
5 | One in six believes their mother-in-law is more attractive than their wife
Ooh, better not say that one out loud. (To anyone except, apparently, a random person conducting a survey. Charming British accents sure are a disarming means to get people talking.) That’s going to bring out the hardcore umbrage.
6 | Almost one-third intentionally push their wife’s buttons by telling her how attractive her mother is
Well, if you have a controversial thought, might as well weaponize it.
7 | Half think their wife’s clothing is influenced by her mother (and one in eight think their mother-in-law is more stylish)
First off, good news for Ann Taylor, you’re killin’ the game. Second off, isn’t this style observation a better way to push your wife’s buttons than saying, “Your mom’s attractive.” But what do I know? The way I push my wife’s buttons is by intentionally messing up lyrics as I sing songs. Drives her crazy.
8 | One in four has a genuine crush their mothers-in-law
Things are starting to get a bit unsavory.
9 | One in four openly flirt with their mother-in-law
Now you’re escalating.
10 | 31 percent believe their mother-in-law is secretly attracted to them
Now she’s escalating. (Or you’re irrationally cocky.)
11 | And finally, 18 percent believe their mother-in-law once made a subtle pass at them
Whoomp! There it is.