Thursday, March 27, 2008

Cash (Doesn't) Rule Everything Around Me

In the too-good-to-be-true department, Elle Magazine and msbnc.com have surveyed 74,000 men and women and determined that only 12 percent of guys care if their wife outearns them and are increasingly sharing control over family finances. I have no idea if this is actually true, and I'd feel even better if the broad attitude toward financial equity showed up just as dramatically in the marketplace (where women are still outearned by men) or at home (where clear gains in involved fatherhood still fall short of "sea change").

Why the cynicm today? Because of the 74,000 people who filled out the survey, the most representative individual that msnbc.com could find for their story was a guy named Dan Weinrib, who, the article tells us "supported his wife’s recent decision to stay home with their infant son." In short, then, the poster child for not caring about who makes more is about to enter the exact kind of "Leave It to Beaver" family dynamic that the piece says we've "officially left." I'm not saying that's a bad thing for Dan or his wife. But it sure ain't the face of a revolution.

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