Is it acceptable for a modern woman to have husband dependent on her income?

We have seen traditional role of a man working for a family, wife being a homemaker and other dependents usually on the single man’s income. Do we see any trend of a working woman taking responsibility of her husband and her own family? What are the dynamics when more one person are dependent on a career woman’s income>

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Tapan Mozumdar
June 7, 2017

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  1. About a couple of decades ago, women mostly worked out of necessity- financial or circumstantial. However, now it is more a matter of choice for women, at least in urban India. Sadly, gendered roles are too deep and expectations from both sexes have not changed!

  2. I would like to believe its okay, but it sadly isn’t. Despite the many advocates screaming about woman’s equality, or the need for a woman to also earn, not many would be willing to go for a role reversal. I don’t think woman are ready to have a man depend on them. Not yet anyway.

  3. Breaking stereotypes is the new in thing of this generation. And, it’s good. Women can’t have the old tag of being a homemaker while the men be the bread and butter earner of the family. The roles can be swapped efficiently. And, it shows how we leave our egos behind and take the responsibilities of others and excel too. That’s how it should be where People do whatever they want to do to keep themselves and their spouse happy.

  4. Ideally there should be no problem for a man taking over the household chores and the woman taking over the outside world for her husband and children. But still today husbands who thrive on his wife’s income is considered as less masculine not only by the society, but also even by his own wife however educated she might be. If he feels bad about it he is considered as as egoist, and if he doesn’t he is considered as spineless. He gets strangled by both ways. Alas!!!!

  5. I think it is ok, however thanks to our society where the man is “supposed” to be a breadwinner, a slight sense of worthlessness might creep into him. This feeling may eventually lead to a lot of fights and ego clashes. However if the guy is ok with not working and the harmony of the house stays intact, i guess its cool. *p*

  6. It should be. In a world where we are shouting from rooftops about gender equality, not being able to break free from such social stereotypes would be rather hypocritical. If a woman’s right to go out and make a career for herself is so strongly advocated, a man’s choice to not work should be acceptable too.

  7. Generally the modern cosmopolitan wives and husbands don’t mind much about who is earning how much. Today’s job market situation is such that today husband maybe earning less but tomorrow he may join another job and more. So for couples this issues are not important given the transient nature. However sometimes the friends and extended family of the couples mind too much about smaller pay package of the husband and may start poisoning their minds.

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