Her Brother-in-Law Woke Her Up to Demand She Cook His Dinner, but When She Angrily Refused, He Told Her to Respect His House Rules

A woman recently went online to ask if she’d been wrong to blow up at her brother-in-law after he woke her up to demand she make his dinner. Here’s her story.

They’d had a lucky escape

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“Me, my husband, and our two 12-year-old sons recently lost our home to a fire,” the 39-year-old began. “Luckily, we were all out of the house when it happened.”

Her in-laws helped out

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“My brother-in-law and his wife agreed to let us stay at their place with their kids while we sorted out the insurance.”

They didn’t like each other

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The problem was that the woman didn’t get along with her brother-in-law, largely because of his belief in traditional gender roles. They’d first fallen out when he learned that she planned to keep her maiden name when at work. She’d told him that it was none of his business.

They’d rejected traditional roles

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Her brother-in-law’s wife was a stay-at-home mom. When the woman had given birth to her twins, he’d assumed that she would give up her job as a doctor and do the same. But in fact, she’d kept working, and her husband, who had different values from his brother, became a stay-at-home dad until the kids started school.

Her brother-in-law had openly shown his disgust with this arrangement.

There’d been an intervention

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The situation had gotten so bad in the past that the woman had asked her husband to intervene. He had, and her brother-in-law had left her alone for awhile.

She’d had a long shift

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The previous day, the woman had gotten home from work at midday. It had been a hectic shift, and she was exhausted, so she went straight to bed. Everyone was out of the house, either at work or school.

But what happened next made the woman see red.

He barged in

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Her brother-in-law was the next one to arrive home. Without warning, he came into the woman’s bedroom and woke her up. He told her that she should make a start on cooking dinner because it was getting late and his wife wasn’t home.

She bawled him out

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The woman did indeed usually share the cooking with her brother-in-law’s wife, but she was tired and upset at being woken up. She yelled at her brother-in-law to leave her alone and to sort his own dinner out.

His way or the highway

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Later that evening, when the woman got up, her brother-in-law told her that while she was under his roof, she needed to respect the house rules. She told him he could’ve reheated leftovers or ordered takeout if he was so hungry.

She asked the internet

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The woman’s husband agreed that his brother shouldn’t have woken her up, but he also blamed her for escalating the situation by yelling. She asked the internet for their thoughts.

The internet responded

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The internet unanimously backed the woman. “‘My house, my rules’ means ‘Take your shoes off before stepping on the carpet,’” said one. “It doesn’t mean, ‘You’re not allowed to sleep because your gender means you owe me dinner.”

“Wow. A fully capable adult wakes another adult up to get her to make dinner for him. That’s so mind-blowingly rude and ridiculous,” said another. “I just can’t imagine how you could get pulled out of sleep and ‘calmly’ explain to this walking anachronism that he’s capable of using a microwave.”

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