Times, they are a changing…

February 11, 2008    By: Matt W. @ 8:09 pm   Category: Mormon Culture/Practices


This month’s Ensign, page 67



  1. Oddly enough, most young couples I know, the wife does the finances.

    At least that was my first thought, until I noticed that that appears to be a Church manual of some sort on the table.

    Comment by Seth R. — February 11, 2008 @ 8:48 pm

  2. There’s nothing strange about this picture. The woman is clearly scrapbooking and the man has just walked in from fixing the car. So what?

    Comment by Mike L. — February 11, 2008 @ 8:50 pm

  3. Hehehe. Niiiice Mike L.

    Comment by Geoff J — February 11, 2008 @ 8:57 pm

  4. That’s just like our house. I make a snack for Mary when she needs to prepare a church lesson.

    Comment by Kim Siever — February 11, 2008 @ 9:24 pm

  5. copycat.

    Comment by Steve Evans — February 11, 2008 @ 11:52 pm

  6. Cats and dogs, living together.

    The end is near.

    Comment by Aaron Brown — February 12, 2008 @ 12:43 am

  7. Looks like a good way to cut a finger off.

    Comment by Peter LLC — February 12, 2008 @ 6:04 am

  8. They obviously have no children.

    Comment by Eric Nielson — February 12, 2008 @ 6:28 am

  9. Him: “Hubba. Hubba. Check out that neck!”
    Her: “He’s staring at me again. Why does he stare at me that way?”

    Comment by mondo cool — February 12, 2008 @ 7:49 am

  10. Wow…I understand they’re trying to show that husbands and wives are “equal partners” in household tasks, etc., but was it even possible for them to make this poor guy look more effete? He reminds me of June Cleaver in the kitchen, fawning over Ward!

    (Oh, and which one of them has the rich daddy, who’s paying for that nice apartment while they’re in school? My student apartments sure didn’t look like that!)

    Comment by Nick Literski — February 12, 2008 @ 8:24 am

  11. What is the most strange is that the guy is wearing an apron. I like to cook for my wife just as much as the next guy, but I can count on the fingers of one foot how many times I have worn an apron to do so. Does any other guy out there wear an apron when they cook?

    Comment by dpc — February 12, 2008 @ 9:22 am

  12. I think the apron is to keep all the blood off of his clothes when he lops off a finger trying the old “look honey, I can cut veggies without even looking” trick.

    Comment by Geoff J — February 12, 2008 @ 9:26 am

  13. Yeah, sure. I wear an apron. And not just when I cook.

    Comment by T,R. — February 12, 2008 @ 10:18 am

  14. Except for the *spotless* kitchen (who lives here, anyway?) why not? My honey wears an apron when he cooks, especially since he tends to, um, make messes. Along with really great food.

    Comment by Chou — February 12, 2008 @ 10:26 am

  15. Real men can cook without slopping on themselves. ;-)

    Comment by Nick Literski — February 12, 2008 @ 10:49 am

  16. Amen to that Nick!

    Comment by dpc — February 12, 2008 @ 11:18 am

  17. Sugar-momma lawyer bringing home $160,000 her first year out of Harvard Law and a Stay-at-Home Dad with a degree in International Relations.

    Comment by California Condor — February 12, 2008 @ 11:54 am

  18. If she is pulling down $160,000, I recommend replacing the cabinets.

    Comment by Jacob J — February 12, 2008 @ 4:10 pm

  19. Where did they get that set? Looks like Morty and Helen Seinfeld’s condo at Del Boca Vista.

    Comment by Phouchg — February 12, 2008 @ 9:48 pm

  20. dpc,

    I wear an apron every time I cook, and I cook a fair amount. I’s like to Nick make bread from scratch without getting anything on his clothes.


    I don’t think she’s doing school work. I am pretty sure she’s preparing either a talk or a lesson for a church class.

    Comment by Kim Siever — February 13, 2008 @ 9:20 am

  21. Or pizza for that matter. :)

    Comment by Kim Siever — February 13, 2008 @ 9:20 am

  22. Heh…point taken, Kim.
    Seriously though, if they wanted the photo to convey that both men and women can take care of household chores, etc., why not choose a model who doesn’t look like Mr. Rogers on estrogen??

    Comment by Nick Literski — February 13, 2008 @ 9:37 am

  23. Easy there Nick. It’s not like the dude put on a tutu and frilly apron or something. Just looks like some guy cutting veggies in an apron to me.

    Comment by Geoff J — February 13, 2008 @ 11:43 am

  24. They had to choose between some effeminate but clean shaven, and someone masculine but with facial hair.

    Comment by Kim Siever — February 13, 2008 @ 4:22 pm

  25. I agree with Nick. No real men wear aprons.

    Comment by Aaron — February 14, 2008 @ 8:29 pm

  26. Unless, of course, his two-year-old daughter puts it on him.

    But I don’t wear aprons when I cook, and have at least one grease-splattered shirt to prove it!

    Comment by Sam B. — February 15, 2008 @ 11:15 am

  27. Does any other guy out there wear an apron when they cook?

    Yes, my wife yells at me — oops, make that “corrects me with sharpness” — when I don’t, because, like Sam B., I have way too many grease-stained shirts to show for my cooking efforts.

    Comment by Mark N. — February 15, 2008 @ 1:11 pm

  28. Face it, righteous BYU guys look like pansies.

    Comment by Seth R. — February 18, 2008 @ 8:37 am

  29. Matt W,

    It surprised me too when I saw the picture. Yep, times is a changin.

    He does look like a sissy. Probably mostly due to the apron. The picture would have a more shocking effect if they found some hairy dude with dirty word tattoo–maybe a tattoo like “bad as* in the kitchen.” I don’t know. One step at a time I suppose.

    Comment by Josh Smith — February 21, 2008 @ 10:24 am