1/29/2005

Women Beware: Gold Diggers Afoot!

I could see it coming like another Patriots super bowl victory. Times are changing and the days of chivalry are all but gone. Women are dominating every facet of life. Professions, positions, and programs that were once only had by men, are now being occupied by women. There is now a majority of women in graduate school and professional jobs. Some say that the tides are changing. But with this recent shift in gender power, women now are seeing the whole scope of worries that come with this increased economical benefit, Gold Diggers! It use to be a worry that a only successful men would have. Now women have to ask themselves, 'Is he just after me for my money?'. Studies show an all time high of stay-at-home fathers. Women are out bring home the bread, as men stay at home and take care of the homestead and children. I hate to steal a line from Spiderman, but does the phrase 'where much is given, much is expected' even relate? Should women, or anybody for that matter, have to be concerned about 'Gold Diggers'? Are women ready for all that comes with being successful, eventhough it may be unfair in either case?

6 comments:

Tom said...

Well, I think that women have been ready for a long time to take over the reins as bread winners but have chose not to. The so called "glass ceiling" is changing for sure, but only at the speed of women.

Bart said...

If women want to be the bread winners I say go for it, but as for me I've stayed home with the kids and would rather be out being the bread winner.

Luise said...

As a woman I'd have to say that it's pretty lame that some men are out looking for a women to take care of them. I would think a women taking care of them would be damaging to their ego. These men would have to consider the opportunity costs associated with it very carefully. I would have to disagree that the barriers that women once faced are gone or that we are dominating every facet of life. We’ve come a long way but we have yet to see a women President and until that day learn to take care of yourselves!

June said...

As women go to work and men begin to stay home, a huge economic change will take place. Women are the largest consumers due to the fact that they are the primary shoppers of a household. As this fact changes and men become the primary shoppers, our economy will be molded in a completely different fashion. There will be a lot more junk food sold; consumer electronics sales will rapidly increase, because the lazy men will need something to do while they sit at home on their duffs; and women will begin to demand much more of the profeesional goods which markets men have traditionally dominated.

So men gold diggers have not only a social impact, but and economic impact as well.

Dr. Tufte said...

-1 for no link (waived)

-1 on Tom's and June's comments for spelling mistakes (waived)

This is an opinion, and grounded in observation not economics, but it seems to me that there have always been male gold diggers around. The difference is that women didn't used to have much ability to support them. As womens' wages rise, will we see more male gold diggers? Probably so.

MEM1 said...

Thank you for bringing this sensitive issue to the forefront. Although your article is from an economic view point, we should not ignore the psychological and emotional ramifications of being with a spouse or significant other who is a "user". There are many more responsibilities within a household/relationship aside from "bringing home the bacon" and if a man tends to non of those, the woman is left doing double or triple work. Regardless of the economic structure of the household, both partners need to have professional goals and be supportive of each others desire to impact the world (hopefully, in a positive way). So, my advise to any woman who is in a situation where she feels used, is to get out as soon as you can, for your own mental and emotional well being.