Do married people enjoy some level of social prestige or respect, or do we just not care about this anymore?
Full disclosure: I’m not simply posting this Open Thread to generate an interesting discussion. I’m working on an article about social perceptions of married men and how these perceptions might differ in various parts of the world. The saying goes (at least in the USA and parts of Eastern Europe) that married men are taken more seriously at work, looked upon as more stable figures in their communities, perhaps even trusted at a higher level. The saying on the flip side is that women have a monopoly on all decisions marriage-related, from the wedding to whatever-end-may-come, and that some often define themselves as valuable simply because they’re married. Of course, we’ve learned that if these sayings contain kernels of truth, they are only kernels. I’m curious to see if these kernels have been composted long ago.
So here’s the question, for men and women: Did your friends, peers, co-workers and neighbors perceive you differently after you got married? Were you treated differently? Tell us how. It’s also important to ask if you expected some different treatment following your wedding.
If you’re comfortable, please note what part of the world you’re writing from. I look forward to your responses and will participate as time allows.
Photo by Alaskan Dude.