I thought folks would find this clip from the Tyra Banks Show interesting. It features a group of moms and their young daughters discussing marriage, money and (sometimes) love. Particularly interesting is the coverage of a “social experiment,” which looked to find out at what age these pre-teens (or “tweens”) start recognizing “men with money” and their emerging ideas about wealth and happiness. I imagine many of you will find it offensive or pathetic the way some mothers seem to be training their daughters to be “gold-diggers” — but the big question is why.
Why, in this day and age, are many mothers still so intent on having their daughters “marry into money”? How is it that such young girls already have a keen awareness of “men with money” and have developed close associations between wealth and happiness?
Or is this “marrying for love” vs. “marrying for money” dichotomy — the idea that we must make a choice between (“irrational,” passionate) love and (rational) materialism — oversimplified?