Nominative determinism

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.

12 thoughts on “Nominative determinism”

  1. I recall a study some years back, where people were asked about their spouse being interested in someone else. For men the bright red line that would lead to divorce was having sex. For women it was more often providing financial support.

  2. Mrs S-E had been on an inside-IR35 contract for the last year. Although she billed somewhat less than me, she was paid significantly more (no point in retaining any of her earnings, as she had already been taxed on them.) Her next contract is outside, thankfully, and enough of a rate bump to absorb the Employers’ NI cost.

  3. It’s a sociology study so the questions probably were “as an evil cishet male how much do you love earning more than women?” “Hugely or immensely”

  4. @ GC
    I think I’ll have that on my tomb stone

    Wouldn’t you be deconstructed down under there? Earth to earth and all that.

  5. Bloke in North Dorset

    I heard a rather good joke today that made me chuckle.

    Men are like hammers, they’ve evolved little in the past 2,000 years but they’re still useful to have around the house.

  6. When I sailed as a lad “gash” meant surplus: so a gash bit of line meant a bit of rope left over after the job was done.

    I didn’t know it wasn’t standard English till I used it in non-nautical circs.

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