Women call the shots, study finds
In most couples, women are the decision-makers.
James Brown told us that it's a man's world, but this study might beg to differ. According to the Pew Research Center, it's women who have the final say on many household decisions.
The organization interviewed over 1,000 adults who were married or living with a partner and asked them who was in charge of making the decisions in four areas of domestic life. For a whopping 43 percent of couples, women are calling the shots. Men make the decisions in only 26 percent of relationships, the study found, while 31 percent of couples say they divide the decisions equally.
More on MSN Living: 10 foolproof ways to get in the mood
So what are the four areas in which women are wearing the pants?
For 46 percent of couples, weekend plans are made together. But for those couples in which one partner primarily has control, it's the woman calling the shots. Twenty-eight percent of couples said that the woman decides what to do on weekends, while only 16 percent of couples put the man in charge of those activities.
Major household purchases
Again, nearly half of couples have equal control over the decisions in this area. But in those couples with one person in control, that person is the woman. In 30 percent of couples surveyed, the woman decides on big purchases for the home. That number was 19 percent for men.
More on MSN Living: The real reasons men shut down
Managing the finances
The study found that women are more likely than men to manage the household finances (38 percent vs. 30 percent). Interestingly, couples are more likely to share decision making about weekend plans than the household budget. Only 28 percent of couples manage the finances together.
And finally, who controls the remote? This is the one area that was the most evenly split, with women deciding what to watch in 27 percent of relationships and men controlling the remote in 26 percent.
Overall, more women (15 percent) than men (9 percent) take the lead in making decisions in three or more of these areas.
What do you think—who calls the shots in your relationship?
Bing: 2012 divorce rate?
Photo: Stefanie Sudek-Mensch/Getty Images
More Sex & Love on MSN Living:
How to pick a wedding band that works with your engagement ring
Wedding welcome basket shopping list
7 stories of lost wedding rings with happy endings
Most common holiday arguments—and how to avoid them
beauty tips and style advice
What to wear and what to avoid the next time you attend a wedding.
Want the most gorgeous hair of your life for your wedding day? Of course you do. Hairstylist Jen Atkin shares the top mistakes brides make that are getting in the way of that picture-perfect bridal hairstyle
So there are fashion mishaps. And then, there is the catastrophe known as....camel toe.
The top tips I've picked up thanks to my obsession with blowouts, highlights, and my favorite hairstylist.
Something happens to your head when you have a kid — not to mention your body completely changes, and you can barely recognize yourself through bleary eyes, a fog of tiredness, and matted hair from sleepless nights. Sounds sexy, right? But, when that glimmering light at the end of the tunnel is in the near distance and the kid actually starts to act like a human and sleep normal hours, just like magic, you start to look like your old self again.
Ever slip into the latest summer fashion trend and then realize it’s not exactly traditionally attractive? So what? Today we’re speaking out on behalf of our favorite awkward fashion trends, whether they’re bulky, strangely proportioned, or just at the opposite end of sexy. If there’s still something magnetic about its pull on you, we say go for it. It’s all in the name of fashion.
One shopper's tweet of the emaciated-looking figure forced the store to take action.
Once the summer heat kicks in, it's all we can do not to slip into the breeziest beach dresses and flip-flops for the morning commute. So trust us when we say we understand that the humidity can have a powerful effect on your wardrobe — still, there are some things you just can't wear to your place of employment, no matter how hot it gets.
Wrinkle no blouse, tangle no jewelry, leave no beauty product behind, and still have room to spare.
Hue-changing dos we absolutely love.
Why your jean size varies from store to store.
Wait a month between waxing visits? Check. Pop a preappointment Advil? Duh. We all know the basics, but here are the tricks you don’t know.