If you thought the days of the unreconstructed male needing to rule the financial roost in a marriage were long gone, it may be time to think again.
New research has found that husbands feel a thrill if a pay rise widens the gap between their earnings and those of their lower-paid wives — but women get no such kick if the roles are reversed.
The stereotype of the male breadwinner may still be “bigger than we give credit for”, said Vanessa Gash, a sociologist who co-authored the study of views of income by gender.
The far more interesting question here is other research which has shown that women – no, not all, averages here – ten not to like earning more than their men.
Almost as if there’s something to this idea of gender differences in a sexually dimorphic species.