New Study: If You Earn More Than Him, He'll Cheat

Women are "safe" if they earn about the same as their partner.

New Study: If You Earn More Than Him, He’ll Cheat

Women are only “safe” if they earn about the same as their partner.

-Faye Brennan

Sandra Bullock and Jesse James

The Sex and the City girls were talking about this years ago — they had it in their heads that men are intimidated by successful women who make more than them. Of course, this was and always has been a hard pill to swallow. As modern day women, we think we can have it all: the great job, the faithful marriage, the big house…

If men can do it, then so can we.

But a new study is crushing this dream and is backing up the pessimistic SATC girls’ theory. Christin Munsch, a sociology Ph.D. candidate at Cornell University concluded from her study that “Men who are completely economically dependent on their female partners are five times more likely to cheat than men in relationships with women who earned similar amounts,” writes Stephanie Chen of CNN.

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Five times more likely. It’s the Jesse James effect, remarks Newser. It’s all about men and their egos — a part of them just can’t handle it if their wife is the breadwinner, so they cheat to get the power back.

According to the study, the key for a couple to remain faithful is if they make the same amount, or if the woman makes 75 percent of what the man makes. If he makes a lot more, he’s just as likely to cheat “because the job or position he works may require long work hours and travel,” writes Chen.

Now, excuse us while we go make our millions, find and keep a loving, faithful husband and give a big middle finger to this study.  (CNN)

Tell us: Is how much you make important in your relationship?

Faye Brennan is assistant editor at BettyConfidential.


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0 thoughts on “New Study: If You Earn More Than Him, He'll Cheat

  1. shopaholic says:

    Sorry – looks like another excuse for men to cheat. Men will cheat if they want to, that’s just the way they are.

  2. weetziebat says:

    Yes, men will use any excuse to cheat, but I do think they hate it when women seem more accomplished or powerful than they are themselves.

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