I always looked at my mother as someone who was robbed: when she wed, it was taken for granted that the woman would stay at home and the man would provide financially for her and the family. Now, this could be extremely limiting for the female, as she would be isolated with menial tasks to do all day, and what would she do if something happened to her husband or she just picked a do-nothing loser? But, there's a whole generation of women that made their "career" choice by default, or, as in the case of my mother, from a very small selection of traditionally female jobs. This list included teachers, nurses, and secretaries. My mother, ever the practical one, chose secretarial school, because she didn't see the use in earning a four-year degree that she would probably use for less time that it took in her studies. Fair enough. So, imagine her dismay when she then had to work until the age of 68.
Watching her work as hard as she did inside and outside the home, I grew wary of marriage. Mom told me many times to not get married until I was at least 30 (boy, did I take that to heart!), because the best years of a woman's life are when she is earning her own money. Why, then, are so many women so desparate to marry while men try to avoid it? There have been many studies that show that married men are more satisfied and live longer than single men, while the same does not hold true for married women. In fact, in order of happiness, married men are the most content, followed by single women, married women, and single men bring up the rear on the contentment scale. Hmmmm...
|Go ahead, taste your freedom |
again, boys. Get yourself