The tyranny of the wage gap

2014-07-06 11:21

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Some people pray to God, others drink beer or keep cats.

We all have our little philosophical differences. But most of us – if not all of us – cannot but worship at the altar of the dishwasher.

Even if you don’t own your very own lean mean crockery-cleansing machine, at some point you must have basked in the reflected glory of this relationship-saving device and unsung hero of the kitchen scullery.

For seriously, is there any greater killer of romantic belly balloons than grubby plates from yesteryear? Well, actually there is.

A new threat is on the loose. It prowls at night and during the day, transcending realms and sowing division. It feeds on the quaking hearts of lovers, turning logic on its head and hugs into shrugs.

It’s the “wage gap”. The wage gap is like the age gap, but far worse.

For while careful architecture can build bridges between people over the geography of time, fiscal chasms are harder to cross. I mean we’re talking the Brooklyn Bridge of emotions here, especially if she brings home the most dough.

And with the de-genderfication of office landscapes around the world, this issue is on the rise.

Reflecting on the matter, Iranian-American journalist Farnoosh Torabi penned a book called When She Makes More: 10 Rules for Breadwinning Women. Released in April, the book sold widely.

Torabi writes that today women are the primary source of income in a quarter of American homes, a quadruple increase from 1960.

It notes a 2010 study on married and cohabiting couples aged between 18 and 28 years, who had been together for a year or more. Men wholly dependent on the salaries of their wives or girlfriends were five times more likely to dabble in infidelity than men who earned the same as their partners.

It quotes a 2013 Washington University study, which found that in relationships where women earned slightly more than their spouses, men were 10% more likely to need prescription meds for insomnia and anxiety.

Also, the greater the wage gap, the larger the likelihood of a passion gap between the sheets. Yikes.

So in terms of breadwinning, how do you roll?

Personally I’m a big fan of the simple fifty-fifty regime. I also consider a romantic partner’s salary slip none of my business, and ditto his. (But that’s just me.)

Now, who gets to unpack the dishwasher?

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