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University of Connecticut

263 Farmington Avenue

Farmington, Connecticut 06030

United States

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Founded in 1881, the University of CT has evolved from a strong regional academic institution into one of the best public universities in the nation. For its part, the UConn School of Business is consistently ranked high by Business Week (in top 45 "Best ... more

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Sociologists for Women in Society

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Furman University


The Clayman Institute for Gender Research

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Stanford University

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Kjerstin Gruys



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"Gendered expectations often pull people into making different career decisions," said Christin Munsch, a sociology professor at the University of Connecticut.

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sociologist surprised research health of breadwinners in marriages - Business Insider [cached]

"A lot of the gendered expectations in marriage are left over from a different era," Christin Munsch, a sociologist at the University of Connecticut, explained to me. "We expect women to be primarily responsible for child care. When men 'help out' they get brownie points."

Expectations that women take primary responsibility for housework and childcare-while men make most of the money-are relics of the breadwinner-homemaker model that, to Munsch, "isn't really relevant to today's couples. In most marriages now, both people have jobs. And in this new paradigm, these leftover expectations aren't really serving couples well.
Munsch's research deals with how modern families are dealing with the consequences of those gender roles. At the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association in Seattle on Sunday, she will present research findings that challenge the stereotype of the emasculated, non-breadwinning husband. Her team tracked the relationship between married men's and women's income contributions and their health over the course of 15 years.
Munsch sees her work as part of a growing body of research that demonstrates the ways in which gendered expectations are harmful for men, as well as women.
So the suggestion is that decoupling breadwinning from masculinity has physical and emotional benefits for both men and women. She suggests that the same study done 30 or 40 years ago might not have had the same results; being a breadwinner would have been more emasculating and stressful then.
But it's not entirely due to changes in gender-based expectations. "I can't help but think there's something about our modern era of consumption that's driving this," Munsch said.
She recently talked with a local couple whose family was growing, and the man felt obliged to scale up in his career-meaning moving into a high-level administrative role. Meanwhile the woman felt obliged to scale back her career to take care of the kids. His justification was, well, if she can make $500,000 a year, then I'd stay home with the kids.
As Munsch put it, "Our lifestyles expand to take up whatever we're making."
"There are women who want to stay home with kids, and there are men who want to be breadwinners," Munsch clarified.

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Christin L. Munsch, University of Connecticut

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Christin L. Munsch, University of Connecticut

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Infidelity allows men undergoing a masculinity threat - that is not being primary breadwinners - to distance themselves from, and perhaps punish, their high-earning spouses," said Christin L. Munsch, assistant professor of sociology at University of Connecticut.

According to her, although both men and women are more likely to cheat on their spouses the more economically dependent they are on them, there is a big difference though.
In an average year, there is about a five percent chance that women, who are completely economically dependent on their husbands will cheat, whereas there is about a 15 percent chance that men who are entirely economically dependent on their wives will have an affair.
"You would think that people would not want to 'bite the hand that feeds them' so to speak, but that is not what my research shows," Munsch said.
She discovered that men and women who are primary breadwinners in their marriages behave very differently.
For women, the more they earn for the family, the less likely they are to cheat. For example, women who are the primary breadwinners in their marriages often minimise their achievements, defer to their spouses and increase their housework.
"This emotional and physical work is designed to decrease interpersonal conflict and shore up their husbands' masculinity. It is also aimed at keeping potentially strained relationships intact," Munsch said.

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