Who's the boss?
In most households, women out-earn their husbands. And with women graduating with advanced degrees and running their own businesses, their role as the bread-winner is altering their role in marriage and family in general.
"Because of these dynamics, the rules of marriage have changed more in last 30 years than the previous 3,000," says Stephanie Coontz, a family studies teacher and author of books on marriage and gender roles. This shift in gender roles requires as much of an adjustment from men as it does for women, who find themselves struggling to give up household duties and family tasks.
Some men are actually ok with being left at home with the children while their wives take charge of the finances. However, a large number feel emasculated when the wife is the bread-winner and are asked to take on more household chores and child-care responsibilities. And on the other hand, some women get resentful when they are expected to foot all the bills and at the same time, take a huge chunk of the domestic responsibilities.
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And the battle doesn't end just with the domestic chores ... they always spill over to the bedroom. So who sends flowers on the wedding anniversary? Who's the boss of the house when the wife is the breadwinner?
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