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Published: Monday, April 23 2012 12:02 p.m. MDT

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Sasha Pachev
Provo, UT

I am wondering if we've got the cause and effect backwards on struggling economically and delaying marriage and parenthood. A young man that made the decision to not delay getting married and being a parent early in his life will do what it takes to be in the position to provide for his family. He takes his education seriously, he picks professions that are not only satisfying but are also in demand and pay well, and he thinks forward with faith on how he can be better. On the contrary, a doubtful young man will not only doubt his ability as a husband and a father, but this doubt will also affect his ability to pick a career that pays and to do what it takes to be good in his profession. I am speaking from personal experience. When I was 16 a thought came to me that if I wanted my children to eat I'd better learn Enlgish. A couple of years later I realized I needed to learn how to program computers. I followed through on those thoughts, and thanks to that I am able to support a wife and seven children now.

Mukkake
Salt Lake City, UT

I think Sasha has it right, although not with the negative slant. Guys in this age group realize that their life expetancy is about 80 years, give or take, and that they can just as easily father children in their 40s as they can in their 20s. There is some risk that they may wake up one day and wonder where the years have gone but only time will tell.

I see no reason to get married and have kids now, it would limit my opportunities. As it stands now, if I were to get a good job offer, I could move anywhere with very little notice, but guys with wives and kids don't always have this ability.

Besides, when you have kids when you're more stable in your career you have more time to spend with them when they're young.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

Not sure where they conducted this survey but it obviously wasn't in Utah.

This is the only state where girls get a 4.3 high school GPA, take so many AP courses that they enter college as juniors, then major in Home Economics while they wait for Mr. Right to come along and take care of them forever.

Kyna
WEST JORDAN, UT

I think, sadly, enrollment for men is down, because it is harder for a guy to get into college. I was accepted with a lower GPA and a lower Sat and ACT than my husband - but he was denied access to education. So now, he works for me. I'm the director of a Corporation, and he is one of my IT techs. I can only pay him slightly above minimum wage, but I make considerably more - and by FAR is more educated than I am - but is forced to take whatever he can find - because with a degree, he was over-qualified for most jobs, but didn't have the experience expected of men in his field. I think its ridiculous, because I feel forced into this career. I'd rather be a stay at home mom - but I went back to school, because it was apparent that he is always going to be under employed because of the feminist movement.

Geebes
TEMPE, AZ

Keeping up with the Jones's can be exhausting and depressing. Maybe some guys have realized that, and just stopped caring so much. In order to be highly successful and make 'high-income' these days, you have to put in a lot of time. 60-80 hrs./week away from home, plus grad school and crazy student loans to pay off - this is the current reality. Is it really worth it? Or are there other things more important? Why is the pursuit of a 'high-income' job correlated with the measure of a person's character? Do you have more respect for a school teacher, or a CEO?

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