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If you are a woman, would you even respect a man who makes less than you

  1. gmwilliams profile image87
    gmwilliamsposted 5 years ago

    If you are a woman, would you even respect a man who makes less than you

    and/or has less education than you?

  2. msorensson profile image72
    msorenssonposted 5 years ago

    I never even thought of the correlation between respectability and wealth or respectability and education, but now I have and the answer is yes to both.

  3. WritingPrompts profile image73
    WritingPromptsposted 5 years ago

    Yes.  There are a lot of people (including men) that I respect who make less money and/or have less education than I do.

  4. Mom Kat profile image79
    Mom Katposted 5 years ago

    I don't believe the amount of money a person makes or their education level has anything to do with respect. 
    Some of the greatest men in history have had little "traditional" education.
    Albert Einstein, for example.  Who doesn't respect him?

    Society puts so much pressure on men to be the "bread winner" and to support himself and his family that it becomes tied into his identity.  He is conditioned to believe that if he doesn't make more, then he, as a person, is less.  This is sad.

    There is so much more to a man than his educational and monetary "value". 
    In fact, it is the rest of him that makes him worthy of respect:
    His heart, his compassion, his integrity, his drive... His ability to love, to make you laugh when you want to cry, his inner strength, and his moral fiber.

    So, yes, I can and do respect men who earn less and who are less educated than myself.

  5. Distant Mind profile image80
    Distant Mindposted 5 years ago

    I am a man and I respect women that make less than me. I also respect men that make less than me. If I were a woman I would also respect men that make less than me. Why wouldn't I?

    I usually don't respect people because I feel they have proven they don't deserve respect. My respect you get for free and only my disrespect you earn. I believe this is the right attitude towards other people regardless of their income or gender and I do it because I believe I deserve the same treatment.

  6. Lisa HW profile image74
    Lisa HWposted 5 years ago

    Sure I would, provided I respected him for the reasons I generally respect people (which have nothing to do with either education or money).  There are a lot of really "un-respect-worthy" people who have one or both of those.

  7. mathira profile image84
    mathiraposted 5 years ago

    Respect is not connected with money. It has more to do with character and I have so many friends who earn less, but I respect them for the sheer strength of their character.

  8. lburmaster profile image83
    lburmasterposted 5 years ago

    Yes. My partner did not finish college and makes less than me. He seems fine with it and I really don't care as long as he pays for his expenses. I'll pay rent, he pays utilities. Each pays for their own car and gas. Etc.

  9. peeples profile image94
    peeplesposted 5 years ago

    I'm not sure I even equate respect with money or education. My husband is a smart man but only has one associate degree.I have multiple degrees and certifications. When we first met he was both poor and for the most part jobless. Until I quit work to stay home with my children I was making more than him (much more). Many males in my life have little to no college education, that doesn't make me respect them any less. They work hard and take care of their families. More than I can say for a couple of well educated men I know.

  10. mackyi profile image68
    mackyiposted 5 years ago

    I am not a woman, however, I feel somewhat compelled to comment on this question. First, let me say, you have asked a very good question! The reason for saying it's a good question is because many women in our society today, feel as though they should always be looking up only to men who earn more than them!

    What about the man as an individual? In fact, we cannot place a value on no one! As individuals, we all worth more than silver and gold! You can have all the money in the world and yet you are still unhappy! It's always good to have a balance of everything in life. Money can quickly go but precious love is priceless and is here to stay!

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    Justsilvieposted 5 years ago

    A formal education is no guarantee you will be financially successful nor does the lack of one doom you to poverty. I have met some very educated persons who have chosen careers that will never give them the easy life and people who have done well with a high school diploma but have gone to school of life and are well read, extremely intelligent and have well rounded knowledge on many subjects. A partner would earn my respect on who he is inside, not what he has or can accomplish or earn.

  12. Mercia Collins profile image74
    Mercia Collinsposted 5 years ago

    what a crazy question! Respect has nothing to do with money or education. It has to do with who you are. There have been times when I have earned more than my husband and times when he has earned more than me, it is irrelevant.

  13. KristenN4Boys profile image68
    KristenN4Boysposted 5 years ago

    Yes. I was the bread winner in my first marriage. I respected my husband because he was hard working and a great dad to our kids.

    Respect is earned and I don't usually base it on one's education or salary. More so, for me, people earn it by showing their true character. Someone with a Masters Degree can be a horrible person that people despise. No one ever says "Oh that guy's condescending to our waitress, but I respect him because of his education".
    Money is nice to have, but it doesn't define who we are. WE define ourselves. I want people to respect me, not because I make a good living, but because they think I am a good friend, good mom, good person.

    I kind of got off track somewhat (sorry), but to answer your question, YES. Men can be respected if they make less money, have less of an education. Respect is based on character. (in my opinion)

 
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