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Commenters resent 'broke men' message

The video has 1.4 million views and over 1500 comments, some of which include women asking where they can find a man like Sofia’s husband and whether he has any friends. Many more defend love as involving more than money. Other viewers in the comments claim that they don’t want a rich man, they want to be the rich “man.”

One comment in particular accused Sofia of creating content that pushes women “back 100 years” by encouraging them to depend on a man for money.

Sofia responded to the comments in a second video, posing the question, “Where is the connection between never dating a broke man and being dependent on a rich man or any man?”

She points out that women with wealthy partners can also be rich themselves, alluding to the fact that, while her husband may buy her extravagant and luxurious gifts, she has her own business ventures that contribute to their high-end lifestyle.

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Who's making the money in modern marriages?

No matter your take on Sofia’s opinion of whom to date, her TikTok video and subsequent comments raise questions about the current financial dynamics between husbands and wives in modern-day America. Are men still the breadwinners or have women caught up?

According to a study by the Pew Research Center, men are still the higher earners in the majority of opposite-sex marriages. But the situation has evolved drastically in the last 50 years: modern-day women are three times as likely to be the breadwinners today than they were in the early 1970s.

The 2022 study shows 55% of opposite-sex marriages had a man as the breadwinner, where “breadwinner” is defined as a partner who earns at least 60% of the couple’s combined earnings. Only 16% of marriages had a breadwinning woman, and the remaining 29% of couples were “egalitarian,” meaning the husband and wife earn similar amounts of money. That means 45% of women make a similar amount or more than their husbands in modern America.

While it’s encouraging to see women financially contributing more to marriages, research indicates a gender wage gap still exists, and unfortunately it has changed little in the last 20 years. A further study from Pew shows that, as of 2022, women made $0.82 for every $1 made by a man. To compare, in 2002, women made $0.80 for every $1 made by a man. This is in sharp contrast to the progress made in the previous two decades, when in 1982 women earned $0.65 for every $1 made by a man.

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Hannah Logan Freelance Contributor

Hannah Logan is an Ottawa-based writer and blogger who specializes in personal finance and travel.

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