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Pinpricks of success

india Updated: Oct 02, 2007 22:38 IST

A study across five US cities has concluded that for the first time, women in their 20s are, on average, earning higher salaries than their male counterparts. In an ideal world, this should bring cheer. But the world is anything but ideal, and the third party in the gender-equality triad seems to be wounded. The male ego, that nebulous, fragile, bloated non-anatomical male region, apparently feels threatened by this plot of ‘his vs her’ map of success. As a result, these super-rich women are employing age-old tools of wisdom (of tearing out price tags, designer labels and suppressing how much money is tucked away) to retain boyfriends.

If only men were as sensible as women, they’d know that a higher-earning partner is a ticket to the good life. But men simply don’t seem to be able to shake off their obsession with size. Now sexologists take great pains to stress that size doesn’t matter. Their advice has no takers even in that area of interest, so it is difficult to expect men, especially the uber persona, to not trip over her sizeable earnings. This male fear has now led to what is dubbed ‘dating down’. Which means the woman masks her accomplished status to fuel the bright spark of her boyfriend. This, in turn, has led to a bit of a debate over why women must feed men’s insecurities. Insecurities, did you say?

The next step is to side-step the issue altogether. The new age woman is really packing a wallet, sorry, wallop. The battle continues. One will underplay victories, the other will gloat over triumphs. And between his ego and her halo, there remains a world waiting to be explored.