Nor­man Bates and Oedi­pus were close to their moth­ers

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

it might be best not to men­tion that you are into col­lect­ing things since you will be cast as a hoarder of crap that your last part­ner couldn’t tol­er­ate and cited in the sepa­ra­tion.

It may also hint at the fact that you prob­a­bly live with your mother.

If you do still live mum it is im­por­tant to stress that this is a tem­po­rary ar­range­ment fol­low­ing your break-up and you fully in­tend to get your own gaff in the not-too-dis­tant fu­ture.

This is where a kind of re­verse sex­ism is at play since it is per­fectly ac­cept­able for a woman to be liv­ing with their mum, but a man will in­stantly be pi­geon-holed as a po­ten­tial ‘mummy’s boy’.

Nor­man Bates and Oedi­pus were close to their moth­ers and they were not ex­actly at­trac­tive propo­si­tions to the op­po­site sex.

Liv­ing with your par­ents also sug­gests you do not pos­sess the fi­nan­cial means to sup­port your­self and there­fore any prospec­tive part­ner.

If you do live with your mum and dad don’t let slip that she irons your socks for you or that she’s the best cook you have ever come across.

Fi­nally, if you are a fan of this very col­umn, state this on your pro­file since it says you are a man who ap­pre­ci­ates finely-crafted prose, a ra­zor sharp wit and dev­as­tat­ing in­sights into the fe­male psy­che.

On the other hand, it might also be seen as ev­i­dence that you are an ad­vo­cate of sex­ism, pre­dictable school­boy hu­mour and a died-inthe-wool com­mit­ment-phobe.

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