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Thursday, March 06, 2008

It's All Better When We Share

A recent survey sponsored by MSNBC shows that men want partners when it comes to financial matters, rather than the privilege (and burden) of primary breadwinner status. And they don't seem to mind if their wives happen to make more money than them either.

Several experts weigh in on these findings, saying that gender roles are definitely in flux. A career has so typically defined men in the past (and still does). So it is nice to hear some evidence that this may be changing - that men are willing to share this domain just as women are hopefully becoming more open to sharing childraising equally with men.

The commentary includes descriptions of how shared breadwinning leads to equal say about financial matters in a marriage. This is the essence of equally shared parenting; when we become equals in our involvement with not only breadwinning, but childraising, housework and recreation time, we have equal say about everything.


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