Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Women breadwinners don't have time to cheat

My husband and I have always had a dual-income household. We are fortunate to both have jobs that we truly enjoy. There have been a few times in the past where one of us was out of work and financially dependent on the other person, which naturally lead to stress in our relationship. But we got through it (for better or worse, right?) and moved ahead. At no point during those times did one of us consider cheating on the other.

But that isn't always the case for some couples. Researchers combing data from the National Longitudinal Study of Youth found that the husbands of female breadwinners are the most likely group to cheat on their partners. Speculation around the main reason for cheating centered around men trying to "feel masculine" again and gain more control in the relationship.

Conversely, researchers found that the group least likely to cheat were the women who were the primary income earners. The data showed that not only were women earning the family income but were still completing the housework, leading some researchers to speculate that the women in that group simply didn't have the time to cheat.

Whatever the outcomes, the study data shows that stereotypical gender roles still hold strong with young adults in the U.S. But with more women earning advanced degrees and more prominence in their fields, it will be interesting to see if both men and women can become comfortable with gender neutral thinking around family breadwinners.

Do you teach your children about gender neutrality when it comes to running a household? How do you approach the conversation? Leave your tips in the comments.

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