Fondling In The Kitchen

On his radio show today, Dennis Prager said: “You are the wife. You are doing work in the kitchen, washing dishes or in the garden gardening. There are no kids around. Your husband stops by to say something and he grabs your tush. Are you offended? Are you pleased?”

“The politically correct answer is that this is unwanted. That it is a form of marital sexual harassment.”

“When the couple loves one another, I hold that that is a good thing. I know that it is the last thing on the woman’s mind. So what? The more your husband who loves you wants to grab you, the better it is for both of you.”

“If your husband is still doing this after ten years of marriage, I think the two of you are blessed.”

“I have this line and I will use it while in the car with my wife. It’s one of the fun sayings of marriage. ‘Honey, the last thing on your mind is the first thing on my mind.’

“That is as true as it gets in the sexual realm most of the time in a marriage.”

Mike calls: “This issue should come up only once in a marriage. Each spouse tells the other when it happens that they like it or they don’t like it. And it would never come up again.”

Dennis: “We disagree. My whole point is that if they have decided he shouldn’t do it, they should rethink the decision.”

Mike: “If it hurts somebody for any reason…”

Dennis: “We are hurt because we decided to be hurt. Because the mind decides to be hurt. Why would a woman be hurt if the husband she loves grabs her?”

Mike: “Why is anyone uncomfortable about anything?”

Dennis: “Just as I want men to rethink a lot of things they do, I want women to rethink too. If the subject was just to do what is comfortable, I would do another hour here. I don’t think we should be guided by feelings only.”

“The response, ‘Can’t you see I’m busy?’ would have a terribly deflating effect on most men.”

“Our screener, married for 25 years, IMs me that her husband can grab away, but he may not whistle at her to get her attention.”

“If every woman thought this was a great thing, I wouldn’t have this subject this hour. The spirit of our times is that a man doesn’t do that. He asks permission first.”

A wife calls from Phoenix. “I was loading the dishwasher last night and my husband said, ‘Could you do that again? Could you put something else in there?'”

Dennis: “Why would we deprive our wife or our husband of so much joy when the price to us is so minimal?”

“I don’t advocate this as a prelude to immediately engaging in sexual intercourse. I’m advocating that this grab be accepted for what it is — the playful sexual grab of a loving husband.”

A male caller says about his first wife who repelled his advances: “Playful touching was not welcomed. I think it had a lot to do with the eventual failure of that marriage. Some of the things that went on inside my head: ‘I felt less than, less than her. I felt that at some level I must disgust her. You internalize that and you get depressed. What I thought was an expression of love and my natural way of being was somehow wrong and repellent in her eyes.”

Dennis: “If he never sees you as a piece of meat, it’s a platonic relationship of roommates.”

“Another man is calling in to say that grabs are OK, but maybe you should also rub the shoulders and think about what she wants.

“Guys, grabbing your wife when you want is one of the most basic masculine things that you express. The emasculating messages of college have been injurious to male-female relations. Of course a man has to be sensitive to the feelings of his wife in the same way you have to be sensitive to the feelings of your male friends. It’s wonderful for your marriage if this happens and he asks you to put another dish in the dishwasher.”


Wednesday, March 16, 2011 Radio Show
20110316 – 01 Japan Disaster
Prager H1: Dennis talks to Ron Ballinger, Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering, MIT about the crisis in Japan… The Surgeon General urges West Coast citizens to take all precautions against a radioactive cloud traveling from Japan to California. Seriously.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011 Radio Show
20110316 – 02 Male/Female Hour: Fondling in the Kitchen
Prager H2: Dennis explores a touchy subject – literally. If a husband approaches his wife in the kitchen while she’s cooking or doing dishes and playfully grabs her, is that a good thing? Or not?

Wednesday, March 16, 2011 Radio Show
20110316 – 03 Should We Bomb Libya?
Prager H3: It may already be too late. The President of the United States can’t demand that a foreign tyrant must go and then do nothing about it. And here’s another disturbing question: will Kaddafi return to his old and deadly anti-American tricks… Vogue Magazine writes a puff piece lauding the first lady of Syria, one of the most tyrannical regimes on earth.

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