We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
If you want to reinvent the wheel and design a whole new way to live an adult life, go bananas. Nobody gives a shit. If, however, you don’t have a smarter plan, here’s what’s been working for many generations...
One of the most short-sighted, narrow-minded pieces I have read in a long, long time.
"I don't understand why a woman would have to work."
Oh, for crying out loud. What if a woman has to work? What if, as happened to my mother, her husband dies young and unexpectedly, and uninsured? Does she enter the labor force making beginner wages?
And what if a woman wants to work? What if she has some dreams of her own that go beyond the four walls?
Remember the song "Dance, ballerina, dance"? Or are you too young for that one? I first heard it in the late 1940's, and although I was only 5 or 6, I was offended by it.
Marriages, good relationships, happen one couple at a time, with love, respect, and little adjustments happening pretty regularly. Gavin McInnes' pronouncements on how things were meant to be are, well, nothing short of silly.
To be fair, I would say the author took a light hearted tone to the topic. And, it should not be regarded as unalterable scripture. Of course there are many exceptions, there always are. However, the underlying theme that traditions exist for time tested reasons is valid.
We have family members where the woman is the top earner, or potential earner. just so long as each partner is happy with the dynamic, and the result is a healthy family home, we're going with it, and being heavily supportive when needed.
On the other hand, every female family member - higher income or not - has taken husband's surname: not necessarily professionally if already established under maiden name, but definitely in all other aspects of their lives.
Back in the day, my father lamented to my mother that none of his fantastic grandchildren (they had only daughters) bore his name. My mother responded that she had an equal number of fantastic grandchildren, and none of them bore her name either.
Next generation coming along: surnames may not be being passed along, but given names are: there's one in the family who carries the fifth generation (that we know of) in one of the given names.
I posted a link to this piece at my own place yesterday and I must say that the humor was lost on almost all of my readers. I'm sure the author means more of what he says than is entirely consistent with my own views, but it was nevertheless clear that he was exaggerating for ironic effect. The vampire crack alone should have made that clear.