sinking ship

Changes in Gender Roles in Marriage

 July 13, 2020

Guest writer, Ken Wyatt, reflects on changes in gender roles in marriage. Women are now just as likely to be the one rescuing their man rather than waiting to be rescued. As has been the case in his own marriage.

The Sinking Ship Rescue 

“I’d much rather be a woman than a man. Women can cry, they can wear cute clothes, and they’re the first to be rescued off sinking ships.”
– Gilda Radner

Gilda might be surprised these days. With all the seismic gender changes in the old order, I’m not at all certain women would be a priority on most sinking ships. In the modern marriage, featuring two independent persons with their own agendas, many women would be offended at such paternalistic preferences.

Clearly, we no longer are in an age of sinking ships. And often, in today’s marriages, it might just as well be the woman who stands in the role of rescuer, and her husband the one who needs rescue from drowning. It has happened – and the stories are legion … including one of my own.


Reflections:  Has your spouse saved you?


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