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24th Mar '17 2:15:18 PM margdean56
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Sometimes InnocentCohabitation will jokingly be called "playing house" as the cohabitors fall into the roles of a married couple without the full benefits of same. It can also be used as a mocking euphemism for non-innocent cohabitation- the implication being that the relationship needs a legal marriage before it counts as real. (It's a more upscale version of the term: "shacking up")

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Sometimes InnocentCohabitation will jokingly be called "playing house" as the cohabitors fall into the roles of a married couple without the full benefits of same. It can also be used as a mocking euphemism for non-innocent cohabitation- the cohabitation--the implication being that the relationship needs a legal marriage before it counts as real. (It's a more upscale version of the term: "shacking up")
14th Mar '17 4:44:13 AM SKJAM
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* ''Webcomic/BadMachinery'': Mildred and Lottie pretend that their Wendy House (playhourse) has maintenance issues their friend Jack needs to fix. Mildred's mum lampshades that they're a bit old for this game. (They're covering up that they've converted the building into a skate ramp and are charging the neighborhood kids to use it.)

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* ''Webcomic/BadMachinery'': Mildred and Lottie pretend that their Wendy House (playhourse) (playhouse) has maintenance issues their friend Jack needs to fix. Mildred's mum lampshades that they're a bit old for this game. (They're covering up that they've converted the building into a skate ramp and are charging the neighborhood kids to use it.)
14th Mar '17 4:43:19 AM SKJAM
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* ''Webcomic/BadMachinery'': Mildred and Lottie pretend that their Wendy House (playhourse) has maintenance issues their friend Jack needs to fix. Mildred's mum lampshades that they're a bit old for this game. (They're covering up that they've converted the building into a skate ramp and are charging the neighborhood kids to use it.)
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20th Dec '16 5:36:05 AM RandomnessUnlimited
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* WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}: The episode [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Let's Play House"]] has the characters play with Kaeloo as the mother, Mr. Cat as the father, Quack Quack as [[DraggedIntoDrag the daughter]] and Stumpy as the son. Unfortunately, it all goes [[DysfunctionalFamily horribly wrong]], as usual.
13th Dec '16 11:31:33 AM Briguy52748
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** "I Don't Wanna Play House," a 1967 No. 1 country hit for TammyWynette. Here, Wynette takes the role of a young girl who tries to rebuff a little boy who wants to merely play a friendly game of "house." Her reasoning: "It makes my Mommy cry ... 'cause when she played house, my Daddy said, 'Goodbye'!" (That is, she saw her parents fighting and not getting along, and eventually he leaves his family behind.)

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** "I Don't Wanna Play House," a 1967 No. 1 country hit for TammyWynette.Tammy Wynette. Here, Wynette takes the role of a young girl who tries to rebuff a little boy who wants to merely play a friendly game of "house." Her reasoning: "It makes my Mommy cry ... 'cause when she played house, my Daddy said, 'Goodbye'!" (That is, she saw her parents fighting and not getting along, and eventually he leaves his family behind.)
13th Dec '16 11:30:43 AM Briguy52748
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* In country music, this subject is often played negatively, and is used to frame heartbreak, despair over male-dominated hierarchies in relationships and so forth. Examples:
** "I Don't Wanna Play House," a 1967 No. 1 country hit for TammyWynette. Here, Wynette takes the role of a young girl who tries to rebuff a little boy who wants to merely play a friendly game of "house." Her reasoning: "It makes my Mommy cry ... 'cause when she played house, my Daddy said, 'Goodbye'!" (That is, she saw her parents fighting and not getting along, and eventually he leaves his family behind.)
** "Kid Stuff," a No. 2 country hit in 1973 by Barbara Fairchild. A native of St. Louis, Mo., Fairchild often put childhood themes into songs of heartbreak, and this follow up to her SignatureSong "The Teddy Bear Song" carries on the trend, where a young woman -- not-so-fondly recalling memories of playing house with a young neighbor boy, who insisted on dominating the proceedings, regardless of the girl's feelings -- is now in a relationship where the man is the dominant figure and is either ignorant or uncaring when she objects. Unlike childhood, the woman bemoans that their relationship is real life, and not just the "kid stuff" of playing house.
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12th Jul '16 1:50:53 PM Willbyr
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* Shizuru and Tomoe did this a few times near the end of ''MaiOtome''. [[FetishFuel When two grown women play house, it's not quite as innocent as usual.]] [[DieForOurShip Shizuru X Natsuki shippers were not amused.]]

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* Shizuru and Tomoe did this a few times near the end of ''MaiOtome''.''Anime/MaiOtome''. [[FetishFuel When two grown women play house, it's not quite as innocent as usual.]] [[DieForOurShip Shizuru X Natsuki shippers were not amused.]]
22nd Feb '16 5:46:39 AM Smeagol17
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Not to be confused with [[Series/{{House}} what Hugh Laurie does for a living]], which in turn should not be confused with [[PlayingDoctor playing "doctor"]]; nor with HouseRules.

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Not to be confused with [[Series/{{House}} what Hugh Laurie does did for a living]], which in turn should not be confused with [[PlayingDoctor playing "doctor"]]; nor with HouseRules.
2nd Feb '16 4:52:18 PM DrFraud
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* In ''Delicious 9: Emily's Honeymoon Cruise'' two of the kids in the ship's daycare facility pretend to be the title character and her new husband.
-->'''Girl:''' No, I'm Emily and you're Patrick, and then we kiss and have babies.\\
'''Boy:''' Ew! Let's play pirates.
14th Dec '15 6:48:02 AM StFan
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* In ''Manga/CrayonShinChan'', Ai declares to Penny that she's pregnant because she and Shin kissed while playing house.
** The GagDub had a suggestion of playing House, with the first response being "I get to be the handsome doctor." Yes, it was ''[[Series/{{House}} that]]'' Series/{{House}}

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* In ''Manga/CrayonShinChan'', Ai declares to Penny that she's pregnant because she and Shin kissed while playing house.
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house. The GagDub had has a suggestion of playing House, with the first response being "I get to be the handsome doctor." Yes, it was ''[[Series/{{House}} that]]'' Series/{{House}}''that'' Series/{{House}}.



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* In Judy Blume's ''Iggie's House'', Winnie Barringer and the three Garber children play house in a house that's being constructed in the neighborhood while they're on their way to a picnic near the end of the story.

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* In Judy Blume's ''Iggie's House'', Winnie Barringer addition to the page quote above, Calvin and the three Garber children Susie of ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' play house a few times, once with Calvin refusing to accept Mr. Bun as their child, and another ending with him deciding to be a [[NatureHero jungle man]] and running off in his underwear. For these sequences, the strip has an ArtShift to a house that's being constructed ''ComicStrip/MaryWorth'' style soap opera comic.
* Margaret always wants to do this with Dennis in ''ComicStrip/{{Dennis the Menace|US}}''.
* ''Magazine/PrivateEye'' ran a cartoon in which we see a girl sitting on a blanket surrounded by dolls and a boy
in the neighborhood while they're on their way to background escaping over a picnic near fence; the end of the story.caption is "Playing Modern Mummies and Daddies" or somesuch.



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* ''MadMen'' uses this subtly to portray StepfordSuburbia; at Sally's birthday party, when the kids are playing in her new playhouse, they can be heard saying things to each other like, "I ''like'' [[ExiledToTheCouch sleeping on the couch]]." Helen Bishop, [[EldritchAbomination the one divorced mother in the neighborhood]], comes outside fresh from being hit on by a male adult guest and sniped at by several female ones, and says to Don, "Interesting crowd in there." Don replies, "Same crowd out here."

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* ''MadMen'' uses this subtly to portray StepfordSuburbia; at Sally's birthday party, when In Judy Blume's ''Iggie's House'', Winnie Barringer and the kids are playing three Garber children play house in her new playhouse, they can be heard saying things to each other like, "I ''like'' [[ExiledToTheCouch sleeping on the couch]]." Helen Bishop, [[EldritchAbomination the one divorced mother a house that's being constructed in the neighborhood]], comes outside fresh from being hit neighborhood while they're on by a male adult guest and sniped at by several female ones, and says their way to Don, "Interesting crowd in there." Don replies, "Same crowd out here."
a picnic near the end of the story.



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* ''PrivateEye'' ran a cartoon in which we see a girl sitting on a blanket surrounded by dolls and a boy in the background escaping over a fence; the caption is "Playing Modern Mummies and Daddies" or somesuch.

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* ''PrivateEye'' ran a cartoon ''Film/MadMen'' uses this subtly to portray StepfordSuburbia; at Sally's birthday party, when the kids are playing in which we see a girl sitting her new playhouse, they can be heard saying things to each other like, "I ''like'' [[ExiledToTheCouch sleeping on a blanket surrounded by dolls and a boy the couch]]." Helen Bishop, [[EldritchAbomination the one divorced mother in the background escaping over neighborhood]], comes outside fresh from being hit on by a fence; the caption is "Playing Modern Mummies male adult guest and Daddies" or somesuch.
sniped at by several female ones, and says to Don, "Interesting crowd in there." Don replies, "Same crowd out here."



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* In addition to the page quote above, Calvin and Susie of ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' play house a few times, once with Calvin refusing to accept Mr. Bun as their child, and another ending with him deciding to be a [[NatureHero jungle man]] and running off in his underwear. For these sequences, the strip had an ArtShift to a ''MaryWorth'' style soap opera comic.
* Margaret always wants to do this with Dennis in ''[[ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUS Dennis the Menace]]''.

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* In addition to the page quote above, Calvin Emma and Susie of ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' Otacon from ''Franchise/MetalGear'' used to play house. They are step-siblings.
* [[TokenMiniMoe Nowi]] from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' likes to
play house a few times, once with Calvin refusing to accept Mr. Bun as their child, and another ending with him deciding to be her comrades, among other games. [[ImmortalImmaturity She's actually a [[NatureHero jungle man]] and running off in his underwear. For these sequences, the strip had an ArtShift to a ''MaryWorth'' style soap opera comic.
* Margaret always wants to do this with Dennis in ''[[ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUS Dennis the Menace]]''.
dragon that's centuries old]].



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* Emma and Otacon from ''Franchise/MetalGear'' used to play house. They are step-siblings.
* [[TokenMiniMoe Nowi]] from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' likes to play house with her comrades, among other games. [[ImmortalImmaturity She's actually a dragon that's centuries old]].

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* Emma and Otacon from ''Franchise/MetalGear'' used to play house. They are step-siblings.
''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' did it a lot.
* [[TokenMiniMoe Nowi]] from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' likes to play house ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' did a version of this with her comrades, among other games. [[ImmortalImmaturity She's actually Stewie and Oliva but Stewie ends up getting angry over the lack of sex... whatever that is. [[PingPongNaivete Some sort of cake]]?
* Creator/RalphBakshi's 1967 short ''The Mini-Squirts'' took this to its logical conclusion by turning the situation into
a dragon that's centuries old]].
soap opera.




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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' did it a lot.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' did a version of this with Stewie and Oliva but Stewie ends up getting angry over the lack of sex... whatever that is. [[PingPongNaivete Some sort of cake]]?
* Creator/RalphBakshi's 1967 short ''The Mini-Squirts'' took this to its logical conclusion by turning the situation into a soap opera.

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\n[[folder: Western Animation ]]\n\n* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' did it a lot.\n* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' did a version of this with Stewie and Oliva but Stewie ends up getting angry over the lack of sex... whatever that is. [[PingPongNaivete Some sort of cake]]?\n* Creator/RalphBakshi's 1967 short ''The Mini-Squirts'' took this to its logical conclusion by turning the situation into a soap opera.\n\n[[/folder]]\n----\n<<|{{Youngsters}}|>>----
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