Here’s the clip from the Tyra Banks Show that I mentioned in our discussion of Gilman, gender, and differential socialization. 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.
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) material comfort/security — oversimplified?