Julie over at French Toast sent me this link a while back, and I thought that it accurately/ironically illustrates the Parisian idea of a functional relationship. The link takes you to an online game called The Boyfriend Trainer, in which the player, presumably a female, is supposed to train her boyfriend to be the perfect companion by implementing a negative reinforcement scheme — punishing him for undesirable behaviors.
The game is divided into four different stages:
- Player must slap boyfriend if he even so much as glances amorously at another female.
- Player must taser boyfriend if he leaves clutter on the floor of the house.
- Player must whack boyfriend with racket if he hogs the remote or drinks wine instead of juice.
- Player must strangle boyfriend with a pre-tied noose/leash if he drives too fast or attempts to change the radio station.
And voilà… the perfect boyfriend.
And voilà… the ultimate parisian relationship.
Minus the taser. I don’t think that civilians can legally buy those here.