Earlier on this blog, we extolled the kickass scenario some lucky wives find themselves in: due to the recession, male breadwinners have become unemployed househusbands who take care of the kids, cook dinner for you, clean the apartment, and help you kick off your stilettos after a hard day of work.
But according to a recent study on infidelity, men who are financially dependent on their wives and live-in girlfriends are five times more likely to cheat than those who made the same amount of money.
Before you throw your pay stubs in your deadbeat husband’s face, you should remember that cheating is still a rare occurrence, the head researcher told NPR’s health blog.
[Christin Munsch, a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at Cornell University and author of the stud] says that each relationship is still unique, and infidelity remains a relatively uncommon occurrence. About 7 percent of men and 3 percent of women cheated in the study’s six-year period.
But no matter how many exceptional men are currently working on their curried beef stew, this study proves that the status quo will remain stuck in traditional gender roles. The reason for this is sadly obvious: old-world machismo.
When a man makes less than his female partner, the discrepancy can challenge “the traditional notion of men as breadwinners,” Munsch writes in her analysis of the results.
So some men may feel the need to prove their manliness on the sly. The trend is particularly strong in subgroups that may hold the idea of traditional masculinity in high regard, like Latino men, she found.
But wait, it gets soap-opera worse! Before you ladies get tempted to once again don your aprons, it turns out men who make more money than their wives are still more likely to cheat, according to CNN.
A man who makes significantly more money than his girlfriend or wife is also more likely to cheat because the job or position he works may require long work hours and travel. Those factors could create an easier environment for cheating, the study suggests.
So really, ladies, there’s no reason to even try treading lightly on your man’s ego. According to this study, dammed if you do and dammed if you don’t! Perhaps most depressing though is how far this study shows we really are from gender equality:
Women, on the other hand, were more faithful when they were financially dependent on their male partners.
Ladies, we have some catching up to do.