It seems that a Japanese husband and wife, supposedly for the sake of being non-sexist and fair, have decided on prices for various things the wife does around the house. The man is a 48 year old company employee married to a 42 year old woman. They claim that since the husband has started paying for services, he’s begun complimenting his wife more and the whole household’s become more fun.
The story says that the man always comes home late to find his wife and kids sleeping, and a note on the dining room table asking him to circle yes or no for whether he needs a bento lunch the next day. The memo asks him to leave the 400 yen fee on the table as well.
The wife also demands 5000 yen each time the couple have sex.
OK, taking care of the kids and home is hard work for a woman even if she’s home all day, but if this couple really wants to be fair shouldn’t the whole thing be a big fun concerted effort at home? Why does it have to be about money? Why does the guy have to pay his wife? Maybe she should pay him, or if compensation is the point of it all, they can pay each other 5000 yen each and call it a day?
So sex one time is worth 12 bentos? I don’t really know what to do with this information. Maybe they can get away from money and start up a point system. Does food making go both ways? If he makes breakfast lunch and dinner for the family one Sunday does that add up to more than 12 meals and entitle him to a night of sex? Does she get to refuse his business at will or is she also bound to let him eat a bento or sleep with her as long as he makes with the cash?
Is 5000 yen cheap for sex with the wife? She’s competing with the “water business” and prostitution services in Japan, and although I don’t know how much they cost, it might be worth it for the man if the service is some how better or more appealing. People pay more for quality, skill, or style.
I’m not taking this story too seriously, but I’m pretty sure this will end badly, but we probably won’t get that news.
I wonder if the guy’s friends are also allowed to order a 400 yen bento or (ahem) other services from the woman. Actually, I don’t really care, but it’d be a shame if the kids grow up thinking about the world this way. What of love, family, community?!
Well, if making it all about the yen makes everybody happy, then who am I to say?