CuffLinks – 2/28/14: Respect for Husbands, and… Batman.

Batman

If you’re not a fan of Batman, I’m not sure that we can be friends (just kidding). But seriously, folks, Batman is a huge part of pop culture. And while we all appreciate the Nolan trilogy for giving Batman a serious, dark side, Tim Burton did it first in 1989. Before the original Batman movie, our favorite caped crusader was a punchline. Mental Floss brings you a cool half-hour documentary worth watching about the making of this iconic film.

One of my favorite tricks:

Every holiday, the stores load their shelves with decorations and themed goods. The celebratory mood of these decorations can make it tempting to add some festivity to your shopping cart but paying full price for these decorations can easily be avoided. As soon as the date hits, prices are slashed and sales abound. The Halloween scarecrow that cost $50 is suddenly cut down to $5. If you’re looking for specialized decorations, wait until after the holiday and take advantage of truly incredible discounts. If you have the room, then it’s entirely worth storing them for the next year if you purchased them at a steep 75% discount.

Check out this plus nine more things you should never pay for.

I’m a huge fan of Lifehacker’s “How I Work” series. This week, they profiled Jamie Todd Rubin, one of the most productive writers I know. He uses a lot of tools that I do, and I absolutely love it. Let Jamie tell you how he works and you might learn something useful for yourself.

Speaking of productivity, there are some slick tips here from popular bloggers (you don’t need to be a blogger to learn about how to be more productive!).

And finally, Matt Walsh knocked it completely out of the park when he explains that husbands don’t need to “earn” respect from wives after watching a wife contradict and insult her husband in public:

Those posts — the ones where I call on us men to improve the way we treat women — tend to be very popular. They’re popular when I write them or when anyone writes them. Proclaim that women, mothers, and wives should be respected, and a chorus will shout ‘amen.’ Every day on Facebook brings us another viral post excoriating men and supporting women. I’ve written a few of them myself.

But I’ve noticed that the corollary – a message about the respect women must give men, a message challenging wives and encouraging husbands – isn’t quite so palatable for many people. Disrespect for men has become standard practice. That scene I witnessed was sad but unremarkable; we’ve all watched that kind of thing play out a thousand times over. Men are disrespected by their wives – they’re disrespected publicly, they’re disrespected privately, they’re disrespected and then told that they have no right to be upset about it because they aren’t worthy of respect in the first place.

Read the full post here – go out of your way to read it, too.

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