Men are starting to think it’s sexy for women to outearn them. How this seemingly small change may rewrite the rules of marriage
Even if the economy rallies, the new gender economics is likely to continue because we’ve reached a cultural tipping point. “Gen X and Gen Y men assume their wives are going to work—and work hard,” Kimmel says. Experts assessing the new demographic data see important ways in which the changes are a boon to wives. “As women have brought more money into the marriage, their authority and decision-making power have grown,” says Andrew Cherlin, a Johns Hopkins professor of sociology. “It’s not that women are calling the shots. It’s that husbands and wives are sharing the decision-making power.”
And women can now choose a husband not because he’s a good provider but because he’s a good guy.
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