RE: House-husbands

Subject: RE: House-husbands
From: Watson Laughton <WLaughton -at- orphan -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 30 May 2003 17:41:59 -0500

>>You're probably right, Watson, but consider one of the primary reasons
>>why: Today, the _traditional_ Ward-and-June-Cleaver setup (husband works,
>>wife stays at home with the kids) is _also_ fairly rare. Among married
>>couples today, kids or no kids, the two-breadwinner setup seems to be by
>>far the most common.

Yes, you're right. For many years, just about EVERYONE I knew who was
married (or whatever) was part of a two-income family. I seem to see more
people with one stay-at-home partner these days....don't know if that's
because I'm getting old and my friends are now rich, or what (according to
1995 figures, 60% of "families" <whatever they are> are two-income, which
still leaves 40% that are not), however, virtually all (literally all, were
it not for one solitary exception) of them are of the "traditional" sort.
And you just never hear (well, maybe you do, but not in my circle of
acquaintences) hear anybody say "Yes, we're getting married next summer;
we'd like to have a family, and James will be staying home with the children
after I go back to my law practice". It seems like at least the PERCEPTION
that it's OK for a man to stay home and make house has yet to take hold.

>>I could point out that, nowadays, it takes a second salary just
>>to pay the taxes, but that would be veering into political
>>commentary, wouldn't it? ;-)

Heh heh...I suppose it would. And I could point out that if you were sly
enough to be extremely wealthy, you'd be getting a nice tax break pretty
soon and you could afford to stay home with the kids and only the missus
would have to work, but that would be veering down that same slippery slope!


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