I’m going to address two things today, the first being occupation-related and the second being women related.
I’ve been put to work, officially. I’m now sitting in my office (a converted conference room with a clear view of the front whole bit of the office) making quality assurance calls to existing customers. But I have my own computer, my own email address, my own phone with a direct line, and my own space. I’m quite pleased with it all.
I got gas station coffee on the way to work this morning. It’s been a constant reminder all day that perhaps the nightlife doesn’t mix as well as might be anticipated with the working life. That alarm is a harsh reminder of the real world.
My first few calls were a bit rough, but I was practicing on all of the people in the office. They were making up ridiculous problems and laughing as I verbally stumbled around them, but in the end, all has gone smoothly.
But on to real things, really.
Yesterday, I came across this article and thought it well worth commenting on.
Women Really Want to Marry a Rich Man
I had a discussion with a few people about it yesterday, but I’m under the impression personally that the reason many successful women might want to marry a rich man is because of the implications of intelligence and motivation, desirable qualities in a partner. If a woman sees herself as intelligent and successful, she will obviously want to find herself an intellectual equal. Generally, you have to smart to get rich. (This is not to say that there aren’t smart people who aren’t rich, it’s just that few people can maintain a successful career trajectory without some semblance of intelligence.)
I want to marry a rich man, that’s not a lie. I don’t want to struggle financially as we navigate our lives, but if he’s only rich in monetary value and not in character, then the marriage would never survive.
However, I see that there are possible advantages to having one person working in the house, be it the male or the female. Marriage often results in children, and if one parent’s salary seems to only cover external household labor expenses (childcare, cleaning, general upkeep, etc), then it might make sense that that parent would stay home to do those things rather than contracting them out to other people.
Conversely, I believe that if one parent is constantly at home doing family labor and the other is out in the corporate world (or some other type of business setting), the marriage might also suffer as a lack of commonality between the two. With less to talk about and less in common, the two people might begin to pursue other interests or activities separately rather than being able to maintain a working dialogue stemming from a single experience set.
I guess in the long run, what I really want is to marry a smart man.
Idiocy is such a dealbreaker.