Is the trophy wife being phased out?
Recent research shows men want more than arm candy.
A recent survey has found that modern men want more than just looks from a partner — they prefer high-earning women with some financial savvy.
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The Social Science Research Centre in Berlin compared recent data to data gathered in 2007. Six years ago, the organization polled 2,000 men and women, asking them about their preferences in a partner. Last year, they re-interviewed some of those subjects. Researchers found that over two-thirds of the men now want a partner who is financially independent. In 2007, financial independence was only important to around half of the men.
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In the recent poll, 76 percent of the men said that having an unemployed partner was out of the question. Forty-five percent said they want a high-earning woman.
In a segment for HuffPost Live, relationship expert Teri Orbuch explained:
"Men these days of all ages are wanting less stress, and less stress means having a partner or spouse who can bring in resources ... What that translates to in the relationship is not making all the decisions in the relationship."
Read more about the findings here.
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Could it be that those same men grew up sometime between 2007 and 2013 and have realized that the whole trophy wife thing is not as great as they thought it was when they were 6 years younger?
Men used to be able to support a trophy wife if they were making a decent living, but not wealthy. Years ago we weren't as materialistic and one income could support a decent home. I grew up in a house with one phone, one TV, going out to eat was only a few times a year and I didn't think we were poor because that was how everyone lived. Now, with all our WANTS it takes 2 incomes to have the 4 big screen TV's, 4 cell phones (kids HAVE to have one too, I mean it's for their safety you know), the big vacation (well, I deserve it because I work so hard), the club memberships, every sport, activity and lesson possible for my children, eating out (even if it is only the golden arches) because with all that working and the after school activities there is no time to cook, and so on. So, of course men need a big earner for a wife, not one that gets her nails and hair done and spends money instead of generating it.
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