What Traditional Men and Modern Women Have In Common

What Traditional Men and Modern Women Have In Common

Meet Jerry.

Jerry is 38, makes $120,000/year, and wants to be a husband and father. Jerry’s a man’s man. It’s not that he’s insensitive, per se. It’s that he’s far more comfortable building a deck in his backyard, tinkering with his car, and playing golf than he is talking about his feelings. Still, for all his Marlboro Man demeanor, he’s good-hearted, generous and loyal. He may never be emotive, but he will be a good partner for a woman who doesn’t expect a man to express himself verbally. He shows his love through acts of service.

Problem is that Jerry’s had a hard time falling in love. Women love his manly side, his innate nobility, his serve and protect ethos. What they struggle with is his view of women.

He wants a traditional homemaker as a wife, and in his city, he’s had a devil of a time finding any attractive woman who shared his worldview.

Jerry wants a stay-at-home wife. One who handles the household and takes care of the kids and has dinner on the table for him when he gets home from work. For most of his thirties, he’s been dating attractive women who respond to his masculine energy, and yet each of those relationships has imploded. Because when push comes to shove, Jerry believes in traditional marital roles. It’s not that he thinks women are inferior. Nor does he feel that women don’t have the right to work hard and make equal money as their male counterparts. This is simply about him and his needs. He wants a traditional homemaker as a wife, and in his city, he’s had a devil of a time finding any attractive woman who shared his worldview. Simply put, Jerry likes smart women. They’re more stimulating. And it just seems that all the smart women are so busy juggling career, friends, travel, the gym, book club, and a side business, that he’s not sure about what to do. Should he keep dating the smart women who are out of alignment with his life goals? Should he hold out for Suzy Homemaker, although, after ten years, he’s beginning to doubt her very existence? Or is there a third, middle path – some form of possible compromise?

I don’t know about you, but it would seem to me that options 1 and 2 are out. If he continues to date career women, Jerry’ll be unhappy in the long run. If he hopes to organically meet a stay-at-home Mom type at bars and business functions, he may be single forever. Thus, it would seem that the third option – compromise – would be Jerry’s most prudent choice. But what does that compromise look like? How can Jerry find what he’s looking for?

Hold that thought.

Now I’d like you to meet Shari. Shari is 36 and wants to be a wife and mother. Shari is a smart, strong, successful woman. It’s not that she’s masculine, per se. It’s that she’s far more comfortable talking to venture capital firms and planning to summit Mt. Whitney than she is with cooking dinner for her husband. Still, despite her Hillary Clinton exterior, she’s good-hearted, generous and loyal. She may never be domestic, but she will be a good partner for a man who doesn’t expect his wife to perform traditionally feminine roles. She shows her love by working hard, achieving her dreams, planning and taking care of business. Not that different from Jerry, actually.

Problem is that Shari also has had a hard time falling in love. Men love her brainy side, her intellectual curiosity, and the way she seems to have it all under control. What they struggle with is her view of marital roles. The men that she wants to marry want a more traditional wife. And that’s just not who Shari is.

While Shari is succeeding in a “man’s world”, at home, she still wants to be the woman. Apart from the housework. And the dinner on the table.

Shari makes $250,000/year and lives a life consistent with her salary. She has season tickets to the theater, takes at least one international vacation every year, and never skimps out on good restaurants and spa treatments. She’s looking for a man who makes at least what she does, so she can quit her job, be a stay at home mom for as long as she wants, and not sacrifice her lifestyle at all. While Shari is succeeding in a “man’s world”, at home, she still wants to be the woman. Apart from the housework. And the dinner on the table. When she really stops and thinks about it, Shari wants to raise kids, do yoga and have playdates with her friends until she goes back to work. While this feels like a reasonable expectation – she’s seen the Real Housewives! – Shari’s struggled, consistently dating attractive men who always fall short. If her boyfriend makes more than Shari, he’s inevitably self-involved. Whether he’s working 60 hour weeks, traveling all the time, or only communicating by text, Shari never feels like a priority. And if her boyfriend makes less than Shari, she discovers he’s either threatened by her success, or, just as likely, Shari doesn’t see him as husband material.

Why wouldn’t a man who accepts Shari’s success and appreciates her ambition be qualified to be her husband?

Good question. Well, as Shari sees it, there’s no way she can quit her job and maintain her $250,000 lifestyle with a guy who makes anything less than $250,000.

Because of this self-imposed restriction, Shari remains single. It’s not that she really believes there are no good men out there. It’s that the men she’s most attracted to – the captains of industry – just aren’t that into her. The men she works with all married “normal” women – high school teachers, nurses, graphic designers. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but it doesn’t seem fair that an amazing woman like Shari should have to “settle” for a man who makes less. So far, she still holds out hope that she can get the man of her dreams, but she’s starting to waver. In Shari’s mind, she sees only two options: 1) Ignore men who make less than her, and keep dating charismatic successful men who have no interest in dating the female version of themselves, and 2) Remain single for the rest of her life. A third option, involving compromise, never occurs to her.

I think it’s very clear that both Shari and Jerry need to compromise. But I’m guessing that if you’re a woman reading this, you have a lot more sympathy for Shari holding out for her George Clooney than for Jerry holding out for his June Cleaver. That says a lot more about you than it does about the situations, which are completely parallel.

You may find Jerry frustrating, but, like Shari, he wants what he wants. He’s just not getting it. If you were to point out to Jerry that only 14% of women are stay at home moms (and a majority of them were economically disadvantaged, not privileged), you may raise his eyebrows a bit. But nothing will change. Facts are rarely strong enough to change feelings. So even though Jerry’s spent ten years chasing a unicorn, he will not let go. He wants what he wants. Even though he’d be happier expanding his search. Maybe then he finds a woman who will stay at home until the kids are in school and then return to work part-time. Maybe he finds a woman who will take the lead on child-rearing and household chores, but asks him to help out with the cooking (or bring home take-out). But until Jerry comes toward the center, his mythical smart, stay-at-home housewife fantasies may never be realized. And if this is the case for Jerry, wouldn’t your advice to Shari be the same?

Sure, Shari can go out with another hedge fund guy, only to discover his work comes first, he’s looking for a younger women, and he’s not ready to settle down. Sure, Shari can continue to scroll through men online who list their incomes as $150,000+. But isn’t she guilty of the same all-or-nothing thinking as Jerry? Isn’t she holding out for 2-3% of men – men who have largely proven themselves indifferent to her as a partner? So how can Shari compromise the way Jerry did? How can she come towards the center and stumble her way to happiness?

Shari sees men who make less money as leeches.

Well, one thing Shari hasn’t fully contemplated is that whatever her future husband’s salary, it’s additional income. It doesn’t take money out of her pocket. This is a revelation, since Shari sees men who make less money as leeches. For example, if she wants to go to Bali, she has to pay for her husband’s plane ticket, and that’s not fair (even though husbands do it for their wives all the time). This hypocrisy restricts her from seeing the potential in the 97% of men who make less than she does. While Shari works, if she makes $250,000 and her husband makes $120,000, together they’re making $370,000, which, quite objectively, is more than the $250,000 she was bringing in without her husband.

Why Shari sees him as a drain is beyond me.

Next, if Shari decides to quit her job when she has kids, she will still have a husband who is financially solvent and then some. Remember, Shari wants a man who makes MORE than she does. $100K is not enough. $125K is not enough. $150K is not enough. $175K is not enough. $200K is not enough. $225K is not enough. This is Shari’s big blind spot. As long as her husband is not in debt, is happy at his job, and can pay the rent and support the family on his salary, then everything will be okay. Plenty of families live on less than $125,000/year. Plus, Shari will not be going for spa weekends, safaris in South Africa, or to her personal trainer three times a week. She will be up in the middle of the night breastfeeding, lugging her baby to Mommy and Me class, strolling around the park, and wondering how any Mom gets anything done during the day. Yes, $125K will do just fine, until the kids are off to school and Shari can resume her career part-time or full-time.

I’ve written about this subject before, namely here and here, but in presenting the case of Jerry, the man who wants something he cannot have, I think the solution is obvious: compromise. Find a woman who gives you most of what you need, instead of holding out for your fantasy woman whom you have never been able to land.

For some reason, that same compromise seems a little less obvious to many of the smart, strong, successful women who read this blog.

Your thoughts, as always, are appreciated.

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  1. 1
    Marcia

    Evan, please give Jerry my details:-)..lol
     
    Marcia

  2. 2
    Selena

    If Jerry and Shari were friends of mine I don’t know that my advice would be the same, but it would be similiar. Stay-at-home parenting is a lifestyle. It IS a job, and often feels like 2 or 3 jobs because there is less time off – especially when the children are small. 
     
    For Shari I would ask: Which is MORE important to you, having a family or having a $250 k lifestyle? Which do you think is more likely: regretting you never had children? Or resenting those children because you have less money to spend? Be very, very honest with yourself.
     
    For Jerry: Would you want to spend several-to-many years being a SAHP? If you wouldn’t, can you see why other people wouldn’t want to either?  Which situation would you prefer: having children who were cared for during the day by someone other than your wife? Or not ever having children at all?
     
    It comes down to the same thing for both Jerry and Shari: How important is having a family to you really.

  3. 3
    Frimmel

    In my opinion Shari thinks of having kids as another career or life goal to accomplish. She doesn’t consider it a worthwhile pursuit in and of its self. Having a family is something she wants on her terms and for her gratification and as a modern high achieving alpha woman she isn’t going to fail her education and diminish her achievements and let down the side by cooking and keeping house for an oppressive male (who will damn well hold up his half of the housework as well as the lawn and his 60+ hour a week job to earn the 120K) who couldn’t make as much as she did.
     
    Shari can’t see the solution because she doesn’t even begin to see the problem.

  4. 4
    Babs

    I need a break from work, i can do with Jerry for now…lol. Am also a busy person and don’t have time for domestic chores, am always telling my bf that I don’t have time, but I do cook for him, when he visits. in reality, domestic chores are a waste of time for m at the moment, i work till late, coz am also studying on the side – my bf sounds open minded thou, and I compromise coz he’s a bit traditional as well, i’m one step away from calling him king and kneeling when I serve him food – typical of traditional African men and i live in South Africa. I enjoy this thou – coz I’ve been calling the shots in my previous relationship – hope I won’t get tired :)

  5. 5
    Selena

    Thinking more about it, Shari could keep her position and it’s high salary, and hire someone to take care of her kids. Same option as Jerry. She gets the $$$, the kids, but not the time to do playdates.

  6. 6
    Morris

    I’m sorry but something must be seriously wrong with Jerry.  A successful man that can’t find a smart woman who wants a more traditional marriage?  I must be living in an alternate universe.  SAHMs might only be 14% but I’m pretty sure that’s only because of financial reasons.  I’ve dated teachers to lawyers and the majority of them would have loved to quit and become a SAHM if the option was available.(At least that’s the confession I get in private.)  Heck I know plenty of men that would do the same if their partners wanted to be the sole bread winner.
     
    Of course if the point was ‘you need to compromise if things aren’t working’ I get it.

  7. 7
    Julia

    I don’t sympathize with either of them. They are simple not models of most people. Sorry, neither of these people are relatable to me.
     
    I would love to hear about how middle class people with comparable salaries make marriage work and share responsibilities. 

  8. 8
    JustMe

    Can I have problems like these?  I make $45 a year and also have trouble finding someone to build a life with; and not because my list is too long or have too high of expectations. 

  9. 10
    JB

    Obviously Evan everyone is having a tough time relating to and feeling sorry for the “rich” people with so called dilemma but if you substitute the numbers with 60K and 40K the answer is still the same. You either compromise what you’ll settle for or you’ll be alone with no spouse and no kids. There’s thousands of women online that ignore thousands of men everyday because none of them are “good enough”. It never ends…………

  10. 11
    Brittany

    I have this to say about both Jerry and Shari: Get over yourself, then get real with yourself. While I respect both of their wishes, they need to realize that the world is all about compromise.
    Jerry wants a perfect, traditional wife, which is fine. I actually feel a measure of sympathy for him. Some men are taught that expressing emotions somehow makes them weak. I really wish we stop teaching boys that emotions make them weak as a society. On the other hand, I know plenty of women who would love to sit around, give him babies, and spend his money faster than he can make it. However, I don’t think he would be happy. If he is attracted to smart women who are comfortable in their own skin, chances are she doesn’t want to be a housewife. He needs to figure out where he really is willing to compromise before trying to find a wife. 
    As for Shari, seriously? I have no sympathy for her. She wants to continue living her life the way she wants, even after she’s married and quits her job. I don’t think she really wants to be a mom. I think she is using the mom card as an excuse to get away with staying home for a time all the while continuing to do exactly what she wants when she wants. I realize that she may be a perfectly likable person, and that she may actually have a warm, nurturing side. It just doesn’t come across in your description of her.
    If I were her friend, these are the questions I would ask her. How would she feel if money were taken out of the equation? If when she were on a date, and she didn’t think about how much money her or her date made in year? Would the date be more or less fun? Money, while necessary, is a superficial characteristic. It says nothing about a person’s character, beliefs or values. 
    Both Jerry and Shari need to realize that compromising on things like money and household chores doesn’t mean they are settling for less than what they deserve. All compromise means is that they are willing to work on having the very best relationship they can have. It means letting go of what you think you want in a partner, and understanding what you need from your partner. I would challenge both of them to actually figure out what they need from a partner. I would tell Shari that her need for her partner to make more money than she currently does is actually a want. Just like Jerry’s need for his future wife to be a stay-at-home mom is a want. Yes would both be nice. Absolutely! Should be those be the only requirements used to determine whether someone should be a partner, hell no!

    1. 11.1
      Lottie

      Actually, I would disagree with money being unimportant. I was raised by parents in very traditional male/female roles and when I was younger I would have loved to have taken on a traditional stay at home mother/housewife role and dated men who wanted this arrangement. Money wasn’t an issue for me when I began dating. But after 3 relationships ending in arguments because we never had enough money to go out or afford a holiday and struggled to cover the bills, I have decided that money is in fact extremely important.

      I now have a higher salary (not the level of income quoted in the article, but more than I was originally earning) and wouldn’t date anyone earning under a certain amount simply because I don’t wish to live through all the stress of being poor again. It made life very very hard and we were both too exhausted and depressed to enjoy life. Money was never important while it was there, but you soon recognise the value of wealth after it’s gone! It has a huge impact on the success or failure of a relationship.

  11. 12
    Selena

    I know middle class (and barely middle class) people who’ve chosen SAHP. People with much lower incomes still face the choices hypothetical Jerry & Shari face – giving up the benefits that come from having dual income to support the household. For the people I know (and have been) this can mean living in a smaller home, in a more modest neighborhood. It can mean sharing a car instead of having two. Taking stay-cations instead of traveling. Eating out only rarely as treat. Limited spending on clothes, electronics, furnishings. The smaller the income, the more things become “luxuries”.
     
    Shari doesn’t want to give up her luxuries. I’ll venture neither do the women Jerry has met who don’t want to be SAHP’s.  The people who do choose SAHP are willing to because having a parent at home raising the children vs. a daycare provider is worth the sacrifice to them. Even if their household income is only 40k. Or less.
     
    Also, some people just aren’t cut out to stay home with their children 24/7 regardless of their level of income.  The children may be better off with someone who has chosen childcare as a career path rather than with a frustrated, stressed out parent who’d rather be doing almost anything else.
     
    Jerry and Shari’s problem is do they really want to be parents, or do they want to hold onto their fantasies about parenting?
     

  12. 13
    Ruby

    I’m not sure the problem is the same for the middle class. Most of us wish we had the luxury of worrying about taking a trip to Bali or refusing any man who makes less than 250K. Jerry might be looking at only 14% of women, but Shari is looking at a mere 3% of the men. Most of us aren’t quite that rigid.
     
    There are plenty of smart women who wouldn’t mind staying home with their kids, maybe not indefinitely, but for a few years. Perhaps Jerry expects to marry someone who will never work again? Not realistic. And Shari sounds extremely materialistic. She’s hurting her chances and turning men off with her impossibly high standards.
     
    I’m with Julia; I can’t sympathize with either of them.

  13. 14
    Flea

    I’m a single mom of 2 with a master’s degree working at a university for 36K a year. I wish I had Shari’s problems! I never had the option to be a SAHM, but even if I did I wouldn’t take it because I love working! My job is really fun and it gives me a chance to miss my kids so that I enjoy our time together more. I would never be able to quit my job to make a man happy, but I have plenty of friends who have, so I know it’s possible. I liked Selena’s advice, it seems like they need some self-reflection here. 

  14. 15
    Goldie

    Both Jerry and Shari appear to want the same thing – to have a family and kids while not having to change a thing in their current lifestyle, while their partner bends over backwards to allow them to keep living the life they live now. This isn’t limited to people with traditional mindsets, or upper-class; this is standard douchebag mentality. Additionally Shari must be smoking something, if she doesn’t realize that a) staying at home with a baby will change her lifestyle drastically, regardless of her total family income; and 2) 250K/year for one person is not the same as 250K/year for a family of three or four. Even if she finds the man she’s looking for, the per capita income in her family is going to drop. No wonder they cannot compromise; they’re both nuts.

  15. 16
    Michael17

    Look at us getting all hung up in the details of the money thing and losing sight of the lesson here. That NEVER happens here right? Haha.
     
    I’m a somewhat nerdy guy in his late-30′s expecting to connect with a mid-20′s yoga instructor with a curvy body and a sensual yet kind energy.  I can get such a girl because the PUA Gurus told me so! Problem is, every such woman I come across, if she isn’t already taken, just doesn’t seem to be interested in me. Seems that she has the pick of seemingly every guy in the town, and she prefers alpha dudes who are much closer to her in age, even if these dudes don’t have the career success I’ve had.
     
    Meanwhile, my female friend is a moderately attractive woman in her mid-30′s who is holding out for a guy with whom she feels that incredible chemistry with, and on the first date please. Then past that the guy has to be an Alpha Male with the looks of Fabio in his prime making $200K who has an advanced degree. He also needs to have eyes only for her, and he has to be tolerant of her busy busy schedule. Can she have that? Of course she can! She was taught she is a goddess who can have it all! Problem is, every guy she meets is (a) just a nice decent guy, and even though he might be really interested, the first-date chemistry on her end is only “average”, or (b) a dude who hardly seems into her.
     
    No not really. I made both stories up. I’m not really holding out for a hot yoga instructor 12 years my junior and I don’t have a female friend who shared with me her dating requirements. Evan’s point is that what Jerry and Shari want is not realisti

  16. 17
    marymary

    Michael
    ha, what you said seemed so real. I think any template we have is unrealistic. Much as I love my boyfriend if you’d told me a year ago I’d be dating someone who’s shot animals (hunting) I would have said NO WAY. And now he’s been made redundant. A real person can never be as fantastic or, conversely, as limited as the pretend person we think will meet our needs or give us the lifestyle we want.  
     
     

  17. 18
    Helen

    I’m with Julia and Ruby. These two fictional (I hope) characters are not really relatable to most of us real people out here.
     
    Jerry’s insistence on a stay-at-home wife puts his partner in an extremely weak and vulnerable financial position in today’s high divorce rates and poor economy. This is not to say that some women don’t want to be SAHMs, or that there is anything wrong with that – but there is something rather selfish and control-freakish about his insisting upon his wife being in that vulnerable position.
     
    As for Shari: ugh. Evan, you weren’t by any chance basing her character upon the one gal who used to post here by any chance, were you? The one who claimed she made over $200K but only wanted men who earned more; who also insisted that everyone “stick to their own races” and that Asian women throw themselves at white men in order to “trade up” racially. Yeah, I don’t have much respect for her. Thankfully I have never met any woman like this in real life, even the ones who earn over $200K.
     
    To the handful of women who are like Shari: Chicas, if you want children, you are not going to have the time to live your current luxurious single lifestyle. Maybe you can if you’re married without kids, but those kids are a game-changer. You need to get a grip on reality. It is impossible to have it all, at least all at once. This is not to say that you won’t enjoy your life, but those priorities that you’re holding so dear now are simply incompatible with the life you claim you want.
     
    Her priorities for a man are also off-the-wall ridiculous, but I’ll leave that to other commenters to pick apart.

    1. 18.1
      Evan Marc Katz

      @Helen – I certainly did not base Shari on a random blog poster who you’re fixated on. I based her on women I sincerely care about: my clients. You know? The ones who actually pay me for my advice?

      You may not think women like this exist, but they do, they pay my bills, and I am very careful not to judge them. They want what they want.

      1. 18.1.1
        Andrew Sindler

        Evan, there is a real problem in the responses to this article.  They treat the idea of child bearing as a god given right without much thought for the idea that children are human beings in of themselves.  It is all about the fight for domestic power.  What is really repulsive to me and some other men and women I have talked to is that after decades of feminism child abuse, neglect, and the prevalence of using mental health interventions to somehow compensate (even thought they even further damage) for child neglect has skyrocketed to the point where tens of millions of children are exhibiting mental dysfunctions that coordinate to abuse and neglect.
        As is, in the West neither parents want to raise their children and instead desire to and do rely on a delusion that someone else is going to adequately care for and nurture their children.  However, it never happens and frequently the parents never even put in place adequate services to provide for the same amount of parental involvement time that would be afforded in a traditional family.  Meanwhile, crime goes up in countries like America, Canada, and the UK among demographics that had lower rates of crime and inability to work historically and parents and societies blame it on “genetic psychiatric epidemics” that somehow  prevent children from raise themselves from age 2 and on without more than an hour or two of daily parental guidance.
        Its an atrocity on the level of genocide in my opinion.  And it seems to be that the only real solution is going to be when a children’s rights movement equal in magnitude or greater than the feminism/women’s rights movements comes along and frees children from the status of property/chattel/slavery.
        Everything else is really superfluous.  The struggle of adults infecting the vulnerable worlds of children with fights for supremacy is not important or is as important as the desire for eugenicists to have a world clean of undesirables: less than of 0.00 importance…Of a negative level (-100000) of importance.
        I know the abuse that happens in a world in which parents behave like anti-social, infantilized life-long adolescents (for lack of a better world).  In fact, my welfare and the welfare of my siblings were so insignificant that the story of our physical and mental abuse hold no weight among those adults we grew up with.  Children are truly the last remaining truly oppressed and enslaved class of human beings in the Western World.  One can laugh at this as ridiculous, but only at the expense of digesting and accepting pure evil.

  18. 19
    Helen

    Evan, I never said Shari was a racist. There isn’t anything in your description that implies that. My 2nd to last paragraph is for her and your clients who are just like her. Frankly I think it’s pretty darn realistic advice, which you, too, would know as a parent.

    (Racist? Huh? Where the hell’d you get that? -EMK)

  19. 20
    Selena

    Evan, I guessed Shari was a kind of composite of some of your clients. Since you have revealed that, can you tell us what choices these women end up making?  Do they come to realize finding a loving partner and father trumps income level?  Do they refuse to give up the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills fantasy? Do they decide they would be happier single and childless rather than *downsize*?

  20. 21
    Valery North

    Well, the problem I see is that neither Jerry nor Shari seem to want a partner: they both want an asset, who will function like any other household appliance in their lives.
    Teaming up with someone to make a life together is not about “here’s my current life, let’s add a husband/wife to the mix and get some new upgraded features.”   It’s about creating a NEW life together that may have some elements of the old lives but ultimately is shaped around each other, not oneself.   It’s impossible to know what that life will look like or which things from the old lives will still seem worth keeping once you get to that point.   THAT’S the bigger mistake they both make, and I hear in both stories underlying fears – loss of independence, loss of decision-making power, but most of all, a fear of the unknown.

  21. 22
    Crews

    Both people have very fixed perspectives on want they want in relationships and are better off single, because if they were married they wouldn’t be for long. Compromise and flexibility is the cornerstone of any relationship, especially intimate relationships and to be over 30 years old and have not embraced this means that you lack the emotional intelligence to make a marriage work. Most people who want to only marry once and to be happy in their marriages will find these types of perspectives unattractive for a sustainable relationship.

  22. 23
    Vixxy

    I have a hard time believing that a smart woman would hold out for a man who makes more then her. I have a six figure income that exceeds my husbands substantially, and more education but it does not interfere in our marriage at all.  He needs travel a “good” income and a certain minimum in education (for me that’s a bachelors) but beyond that, everything else is extra. 
    In fact, most men I met along my career path were largely undatable. Toto busy to make time for sleep, let alone a girlfriend. 
     

  23. 24
    Morris

    Am I the only one who thinks a successful person(and from what I can tell a good person) wanting a stay at home partner reasonable?  I see it happening in my circle all the time.  I understand it’s not as common as in the past but it’s most definitely still in the norm.  I remember reading an article by Sheryl Sandberg and how she was a little dismayed that only one of her fellow female lawyer friends was still working and the others chose to be SAHMs.  What city do all the posters live in where they are saying Jerry is unreasonable?  Just curious.

  24. 25
    Rose

    Everything is a trade off at the end of the day, It’s a myth that we can have it all.

  25. 26
    Evan Marc Katz

    @Selena:

    Can you tell us what choices these women end up making? Sure!

    Do they come to realize finding a loving partner and father trumps income level? Sometimes.

    Do they refuse to give up the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills fantasy? Sometimes.

    Do they decide they would be happier single and childless rather than *downsize*? Never. They either adjust to reality and find love, or hold onto their fantasies and stay single. They don’t change their fantasies.

     

  26. 27
    Vixxy

    @Morris. It’s not unreasonable , but I don’t think it should be expected. Most women I know work at least part time. We hire nannys, cleaning people and dog walkers, but keep our jobs.  I would think that if a man “expected” me to stay home I personally would find it unreasonable.

  27. 28
    Rose

    If a woman wants to work still and the man wants a woman who doesn’t, it is not ever going to work. They are not a match. I do not know many of these really high earning career minded women in RL or men. They are the minority surely? Are most of your clients in this minority category Evan?
    It comes to making choices at the end of the day of what is most important to the individuals and if they are able to be happy with their life choices.

  28. 29
    Selena

    @Morris
    When I read of what composite Jerry wanted my thoughts were, he’s 38; if he grew up in mainstream US culture he knows not only do most women work outside the home, most women are expected to.  I’m surprised you see women staying home raising children as “most definitely still in the norm” perhaps it is just more common in your social circle? Evan gave a statistic  that only 14% of women are SAHM’s. That would better describe the social circles I’ve been in, and what I’ve observed of Jerry’s generation.
     
    I think people who haven’t as yet had children may sometimes romanticize parenting a bit. It’s not all teaching them numbers, colors, the alpahbet in between strolls in the park and playdates with other mothers and preschoolers. It’s also alot of washing spit up out of your clothes and hair; endless diaper changing; numerous occasions soothing throughout the day of babies who will cry at the drop of a hat; dealing with temper tantrums, breaking up countless fights between siblings; intervening on the behalf of pets (stop getting the cat wet!); washing the walls of crayons and markers (for God’s sake don’t have permanent magic markers in a home with children under the age of 8 unless you want to paint your walls); constant cleaning up of spills and messes and an exhausting amount of correction required to turn your adorable litte ego-centric maniac into a socialized human being. If Jerry doesn’t want to spend 24/7 doing this work, is it reasonable for him to expect someone else to jump at the chance?
     
    Add to that Evan’s description of the women Jerry is attracted to: “Simply put, Jerry likes smart women. They’re more stimulating. And it just seems that all the smart women are so busy juggling career, friends, travel, the gym, book club, and a side business, that he’s not sure about what to do.”  This indicates what? That only dumb women want to stay home with their children? I know this isn’t true. So let’s just say Jerry says he wants a home manager, but he’s inexplicably drawn to the kind of women to whom that job does not appeal. It’s not so much that it’s unreasonable as  it is unrealistic. Just like Shari who doesn’t seem to see it’s unrealistic she will become a Real Housewife of Beverly Hills. Different sides, same coin.

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    Helen

    Vixxy: I agree 100% with your response to Morris. It’s not unreasonable for either side (working husband or working wife) to want a stay-at-home spouse; but it is unreasonable to insist upon a partner making that sacrifice in today’s uncertain financial times.

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