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WOMEN KNOW­ING THEIR PLACE… Top Amer­i­can television jour­nal­ist Bar­bara Wal­ters re­ported a story on gen­der roles in Kabul, Afghanistan, sev­eral years be­fore the Afghan con­flict. She noted that women cus­tom­ar­ily walked five paces be­hind their hus­bands.

Wal­ters re­cently re­turned to Kabul and ob­served that women still walk be­hind their hus­bands. From her van­tage point, de­spite the over­throw of the op­pres­sive Tal­iban regime, women now seem to walk even fur­ther back be­hind their hus­bands and are happy to main­tain the old cus­tom.

Wal­ters ap­proached one of the Afghani women and asked: “Why do you now seem happy with the old cus­tom that you once tried so des­per­ately to change?”

The wo­man looked Wal­ters straight in the eyes and, with­out hes­i­ta­tion, replied: “Land­mines.”

Moral of the story: be­hind ev­ery man there’s a smart wo­man. “ONCE I HAD MUL­TI­PLE per­son­al­ity prob­lems. Now we’re both fine.”

“I used to be in­de­ci­sive. To­day I’m not sure about that.”

“Hypochon­dria is the only ill­ness I don’t have.” THE SO­CIAL WORKER asks a col­league if she’d like to join her for lunch.

Her col­league replies: “I’m sorry, I can’t. I’m on my way to a meet­ing.”

The so­cial worker says: “That’s all right – the im­por­tant thing is we talked about it.” A WIFE COMES HOME to find her hus­band pac­ing around with a fly­swat­ter. She asks what’s go­ing on.

“Hunt­ing flies,” says the hus­band. So far I’ve killed three males and two fe­males.”

Slightly in­trigued, the wife asks how he can pos­si­bly know the dif­fer­ence.

“Three were on the beer can. Two were on the phone.” MUR­PHY’S LAWS OF SEX: It’s hered­i­tary. If your par­ents never in­dulged the odds are you won’t. • Don’t go to bed mad. Stay up and fight. • By the time a wife has fi­nally learned to un­der­stand her hus­band, she’s mostly stopped lis­ten­ing.

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