A man named Travis D. Hughes who says he’s a real estate lawyer posted a little story about himself and his wife on Twitter, probably expecting a few likes from friends and followers, maybe a few encouraging replies. Instead, he has been dragged to absolute hell. You can decide for yourself if he deserves it.

Hughes wrote, “My wife, who is almost 7 mos. pregnant, wasn’t in the mood to work out this morning. So, rather than lecture to her, resent her, or whine about it, I threw on the exercise video and did it with her. Our kids saw us and joined in. No one talks about this part of marriage/dating.”

There’s a lot to unpack here.

https://twitter.com/TravisDHughes/status/1256927199074103296

Some pregnant women are encouraged to exercise by their doctors, even late in their pregnancy. Having a partner who helps and encourages you to do so is probably welcome, even if you’re feeling cranky and like going to bed instead. Where Hughes kinda lost me (and most of the Internet) is when he characterized his motivational technique as good because he didn’t “lecture to her, resent her, or whine about it.”

Sir, why on earth would you do any of those things? Resent your pregnant wife for not wanting to work out? Whine about it? Are you the child, actually?

That’s basically what everyone asked, but it was hard to get a super clear answer on what Hughes would exactly be resentful about. The implication seemed to be that couples talk sh*t about their partner behind their backs for getting out of shape. Even when pregnant, I guess!

https://twitter.com/TravisDHughes/status/1257028408346886144

https://twitter.com/TravisDHughes/status/1257031851761455104

https://twitter.com/TravisDHughes/status/1257020942049566722

https://twitter.com/nhannahjones/status/1257001950668783616

Hughes tried to explain himself further, but it still seemed like he was saying he was proud of himself for helping his wife exercise instead of cheating on her for gaining weight, or something:

https://twitter.com/TravisDHughes/status/1256998887182794752

https://twitter.com/TravisDHughes/status/1256999848362102785

His explanations haven’t helped, and he’s still getting widely mocked:

https://twitter.com/RDangler/status/1257153257006182400

I hope Mrs. Hughes is getting her feet rubbed tonight. We’ll probably hear about it on Twitter tomorrow if so.

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*First Published: May 4, 2020, 11:17 am