Friday, April 13, 2007

Men vs. Women vs. Money

Men understand money better than women - does anyone believe this anymore? We're in the 21st century. A woman is seriously being considered for President of the United States. Is there anyone around that still thinks women can't do everything men can do?

Absolutely. And even if you think you're not one of them, think again.

Men and women still play specific roles in our society. Men are strong - women are beautiful. Men provide children - women raise children. Men make the money - women spend the money. And even though we are flooded with examples of instances where women and men don't reflect these stereotypes - the underlying social assumption is still there. Within many cultures in this country, plenty of people still believe these things. And even if you don't, be prepared that your financial partner does.

Some people are relieved to get into a relationship with someone who makes the money - woman or man. The feeling is that if they make money, they know how to manage money. Since men still make more money than women in this country, most of the time it's the woman gladly stepping aside and letting her male partner handle the bills.

However, regardless of the gender it still takes two to make any relationship work - that includes a financial relationship. Managing your personal finances is not a gender issue.

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