I was having a discussion with some people at dinner recently. There was a married couple, an engaged man, and the rest were single people. We were talking about our so-called post-feminist age and I noticed how uncomfortable people became when the topic of money came up.
The engaged man commented that his wife-to-be had more education and a higher income then he did. She had already expressed a desire to change careers and possibly be a stay at home mother when they have children. Some were surprised and (in my opinion) a little judgmental about that, including the men. They didn’t seem to agree with the idea of giving up income/earning power for the greater good of the family unit.
Are women who have a desire to be provided for – in this day – really that rare? Aren’t men still interested in the traditional dynamics of being the bread winner, even if it’s “less bread” then what his partner is making?
Do you think men who have difficulty being attracted to women who make more money would be willing to date and marry women if they scaled back their careers/salaries? Would that change the dynamics in the relationship? Should it?