Lise Nørgaard gave the readers a hard time: Did she really say that??

She had – and stood by throughout her 105 years – the courage of her opinions. Which anyone who knew the now deceased Lise Nørgaard could sign. A cultured rascal she was called.

But it wasn’t just those closest to her who could risk getting hurt by her sharp attitudes and pointed pen.

From 1968 to 1980, Lise Nørgaard was letterbox editor at the weekly Hjemmet, and one thing you could be sure of:

If you wrote in and asked for advice, you got it. Raw for unsweetened.

A male reader felt this when he complained about his need to Lise Nørgaard in 1971.

He was really tired of his stay-at-home wife’s cooking. Which even now – when the children had moved away from home – was still boring.

“I guess the least you could ask for was that now that the children don’t cause her any trouble, she made a little effort,” he said.

“Can you change a wife like that?” he asked. And probably hadn’t thought about the fact that the letterbox editor had equality and women’s rights as his special issues.

“By the way, are you sure that you are not to blame for her lack of pleasure in cooking more exciting food?” was her reply to the male reader. As she suggested grabbing the meat pots herself.

“It’s an excellent hobby that is practiced by more and more men.”

Lise Nørgaard did not hold back when she had to pass on good advice in her mailbox in the weekly Hjemmet.
Photo: Ulla Aue

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It was on the occasion of Lise Nørgaard’s 100th birthday that Everything for the ladies in 2017, a string of pearls collected from the well-known author’s letterbox gold nuggets.

Where the topics were everything from too thick thighs to teenage crushes, from men in women’s clothes to window gazing.

The latter was a worried woman whose husband had ‘got the bright idea to go and look in people’s windows in the evening’. A problem Lise Nørgaard took very seriously.

“If you can’t get him to see a psychiatrist, for his own sake you must advise him to switch to porn,” was the answer from Lise Nørgaard.

Because – as she wrote – window-peeking was punishable. It wasn’t porn.

On the other hand, there was not much support to follow for the ‘young wife’, who was constantly annoyed that her husband always stayed up watching TV and reading books long after she herself had retired.

“In reality, I think that you are the victim of a misunderstanding, namely that spouses must do the same things all the time,” was the blunt answer from Lise Nørgaard.

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