Today evening as I was sitting in the cafeteria with my colleagues, the topic of our conversation shifted to the male ego. One of the guy said, "No matter how practical and modern man is, he would never accept the fact that his wife is earning more than him." I did not like or rather understand the point he was trying to make. Yes, I agree in the Stone Ages, it was the man's job to hunt for food and be the provider for his family, but that was ages ago. We have come so far from that, yet the need to be the provider of the family is still ingrained in the male species. It is a measure of their success in life. But I wonder why, why is it that a woman cannot earn as much or probably even more than her husband and lend an equal or more hand and taking care of the family? Why is it that even though when we all say that the women are at the same level as men, there is a fine line dividing the two, encompassing the roles and duties of each gender within it.
If the food which is on the table is bought with the woman's money and not the man's would it taste any different? My colleagues said that the men feel important if they are the ones who are earning the bread and butter of the family and that it makes them feel needed. But then I wonder, if it was the woman who had bought the food and the man who had cooked it, would either of them be worth any less? They said that women soon loose respect for the men who use their wives money for their needs. But then in a marriage, where do 'you' and 'me' come? I thought it was all about 'us'.
Maybe at this point of time, it is a bit difficult for me to understand since I am just a spectator and not the player in the field. Once I go out to play, things would be more clear (hopefully)!