What Being the Family Breadwinner Does to Health and Happiness
Back in 1950s America, a man’s masculinity was almost indiscriminately tied to how much money he made and how well he was able to provide for his family. Women went along with that narrative, seeking to marry a man capable of supporting their lifestyle and giving them the monetary means necessary to care for a family.
Today, such conventional wisdom has been turned on its head — a fact most recently substantiated by new findings presented at the American Sociological Association’s 111th Annual Meeting. It turns out that the undue burden of providing for a family weighs heavily on millennial mens’ psychological health, with their well-being suffering most when serving as the sole breadwinner for their family. What’s more, millennial women actually feel more at ease when economically contributing to the family’s bottom line, with both partners feeling happiest when the woman is the top breadwinner.
The study, conducted by researchers from the University of Connecticut, illustrates a significant cultural departure from the gendered expectations that once defined our society. From gender-neutral baby names to a more nuanced understanding of the gender and sexuality spectrum, it seems that we truly are evolving into a post-gender society. While more research must be conducted in order to truly understand the ways in which modern men and women relate to each other, these new findings certainly lend legitimacy to our evolving view of traditional gender roles.
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Originally published at www.mydomaine.com on August 31, 2016.