Earning More and Getting Less by Veronica Tichenor

By Veronica Tichenor

"Tichenor presents one other slam dunk opposed to an easy, in basic terms materialist reason for male privilege in marriage. She indicates us that even supposing cash issues, ladies desire an ideology of equality to attract upon to barter equity in marriage."-Barbara Risman, co-chair, Council on modern households "Tichenor's study sheds mild at the internal workings of households and is helping us to obviously see the facility of gender ideology and to appreciate how and why women's greater profits could be a legal responsibility instead of a resource."-Beth Anne Shelton, professor of sociology, collage of Texas at Arlington for almost 20 years the salary hole among women and men has remained almost unchanged. ladies proceed to earn, on general, eighty cents for each buck that males earn. but regardless of continual discrimination in wages, experiences also are commencing to convey transforming into variety of girls are out-earning their husbands. national, approximately one-third of operating girls are the executive breadwinners of their households. the craze is very said one of the demographic of hugely informed girls. Does this elevate in gains, notwithstanding, equate to a shift in strength dynamics among husbands and other halves? In incomes extra and Getting much less, sociologist Veronica Jaris Tichenor exhibits how, traditionally, males have derived loads of energy over monetary and family judgements via bringing domestic all (or so much) of the family's source of revenue. but, monetary superiority has no longer been an identical resource of energy for girls. Tichenor demonstrates how better halves, rather than utilizing their large earning to barter extra egalitarian relationships, permit their husbands to perpetuate male dominance in the family members. Weaving own debts, in-depth interviews, and compelling narrative, this significant research finds anxious facts that the traditional strength family members outlined by way of gender are strong adequate to undermine hierarchies outlined by way of cash. incomes extra and Getting much less is vital interpreting in sociology, psychology, and relatives and gender reviews. Veronica Jaris Tichenor is an assistant professor within the division of sociology on the kingdom college of latest York--Institute of expertise.

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Conce ptual Issue s in Analyzing Powe r Love:What’s Power Got to Do with It? Conducting research on marital power raises some sticky questions, because we are not used to thinking that power operates in our most intimate relationships. S. ”This overpowering emotion often puts us beyond the reach of reason. We do not rationally calculate whether we should be in love with someone; we act largely on the basis of feelings. In fact, thinking rationally about a relationship, or weighing its pros and cons, opens us up to the charge that we are not really in love.

If love means a denial of self for the sake of the other, power implies a calculation of one’s rational self-interest above the interests of the other. Power means forcing another to do something she or he would prefer not to do, or even taking advantage of another for personal gain. Power considerations, then, seem anathema to the kind of blissful relationship idealized by our cultural emphasis on romantic love. It is the equation of power with this kind of domination that makes us reluctant to admit that power plays a role in our love relationships.

We can easily see the distinction between the various conceptualizations of power by looking at the issue of domestic labor. If a husband and wife struggle over domestic labor, and the husband successfully resists his wife’s request for him to do more around the house, he has exercised overt power. If his wife then accepts the situation and avoids raising the issue again out of fear of renewed conflict, he has exercised latent power. But even if this issue is never raised between the two spouses because the wife accepts it as her duty to bear the domestic labor burden—even when she is employed outside the home—her husband has benefited from the hidden power in prevailing gendered practices and ideology.

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