Does a Man Support His Wife? (1911)
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This chapter describes the complication of sex, causing to judge an economic relation between a man and a woman as we would never judge the same relation between two men or between two women. Arises the question of sex, which is the main element of confusion in the case. The social value to the world of rearing human beings, and the psychic value to the husband of the affection of his wife, together with other values which need not be obtrusively mentioned, is confused with economic values, naturally enough. They have mutual affection, respect, esteem; the pleasantness or unpleasantness of long habituation between them. All these have nothing whatever to do with their economic relation. A culture, accustomed to the economic equality of men and women, will find it difficult to understand the peculiar anchylosis of ideas which has for so long maintained this paradoxical position.