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Who Wears the Pants in Your Family?
By: Ellen Abbott on April 13, 2016
My wife lets me wear the pants on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays :)
By: Rick Watson on April 13, 2016
Do pajama bottoms count? That's what I usually wear!!
By: fishducky on April 13, 2016
I think we're pretty evenly matched, although I mostly defer to Mike because I can't be bothered :)
By: The Bug on April 13, 2016
She does look mischievous. My wife is a strong influence and my job is to make her happy, but even she would say I am the leader of our household.
By: Alex J. Cavanaugh on April 13, 2016
Interesting - I'm very familiar with this painting but have never looked at it in this analytical way before. What you wrote reminds me a bit of JOhn Berger's book "Ways of Seeing" - have you read it? I I do agree she looks as if she is the one in charge. He really doesn't look that bright!
By: Jenny woolf on April 13, 2016
It is very important in our relationship that he believes he is in charge! Mrs. Andrews looks seriously pissed off!
By: The Broad on April 13, 2016
I'm almost positive it's Mrs. Penwasser. But, I'll have to wait until she gets home from work to ask her.
By: Al Penwasser on April 13, 2016
I think you can tell by the name I've given her: SWMBO, for She Who Must Be Obeyed.
By: Catalyst on April 13, 2016
This couple seems a good match, however I'm struck by their eyes. I presume Gainsborough is being literal. Can't put my finger on it, but something seems off or odd. As for your question I love the look of my wife in pant suits. I think she is her most beautiful and alluring when wearing what we call her "Tuxedo" ensemble. It is an elegant evening arrangement worn when we do black tie or formal affairs. If the question is about power or decision making, well that's been a decades long shared arrangement with only a few dust ups or hissy fits.
By: Tom Cochrun on April 13, 2016
I think we both do-sometimes making joint decisions, sometimes one defers to the other- we make a pretty good team!
By: Kathe W. on April 13, 2016
I wear the jammies in the family. Franklin and Penelope prefer their fur coats. If I had been Mrs. Andrews, I would have lavished attention on the dog. Love, Janie
By: Janie Junebug on April 13, 2016
We share depending on the chore or topic. I handle money, taxes, and anything dealing with decorating, food, and general house hold items. He handles providing me with money, travel, anything dealing with our farm, and anything requiring maintenance. Big ticket purchase, we share decision equally, any discussion or decision dealing with our kids we share.
By: Cheryl P. on April 13, 2016
I wish my parents could have arranged for me to marry a wealthy heiress.
By: PT Dilloway on April 13, 2016
I get my way about 60% of the time but we agree on most things, so it is not much of a contest.
By: Tabor on April 13, 2016
The way she is cutting her eyes at him, he didn't have a chance. Good thing he at least had a dog. When I was married, it was him all the way.
By: Arkansas Patti on April 13, 2016
It would be very interesting to be in your art appreciation classes as you see things that the ordinary guy would never see. The micro manager wears the pants in my family!
By: red Kline on April 13, 2016
We have to share, because at this zoo, it's too much to do it alone!
By: messymimi on April 13, 2016
Me, of course. How else would he remember to PUT ON pants, or remember to breathe in and breathe out?
By: Val on April 13, 2016
I think he looks relaxed and blase. She looks pissed off though. She probably thinks he should pay more attention to her. 48 is pretty young to die. I guess it was all those kids. My husband and I both wear the pants and fight a lot. Somehow we just ignore it and move on. So far, anyway...
By: Lexa Cain on April 14, 2016
I think she looks unhappy. They both do, actually. And since I'm on my own, the pants are all mine.
By: Hilary on April 14, 2016
I think I can honestly say that neither of us do. Red and I have this amazing balance. Of course, we've been married less than two years, so maybe the dynamic will change a little with time.
By: Brett Minor (Transformed Nonconformist) on April 14, 2016
I wear the pants Mrs. Cranky tells me to buy.
By: cranky on April 14, 2016
The dog! Thanks for the insight into a painting I've not studied.
By: Sage on April 14, 2016
I really like the way the artist used color to create the light shading. Hard to believe that artist was only 21. I have to wonder what the relationship between the couple was really like. Maybe she did "wear the pants," as you suggest.
By: Sherry Ellis on April 14, 2016
Her poor hubs couldn't get any action given the girth of her skirt. That must've worked better than a chastity belt.
By: Robyn Engel on April 14, 2016
In this day and age I would say everyone has an opportunity to wear pants... be they underpants or other.
By: Daniel LaFrance on April 15, 2016
This post is a pleasure. I wish you had been one of my art history profs! I had never noticed her sly/knowing expression.
By: Mitchell Is Moving on April 16, 2016
I take the 5th on pants in our family... I think I agree with you about her expression, she looks like she would gladly spit in his eye if he would cross her... I didn't pay attention until you pointed out that that one section was unfinished. It's probably my bias, but I saw it as some fabric in her lap, as if she were starting an embroidery. Cat
By: Cat on April 19, 2016
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