Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Middle class women willing to take a beating?
Do working class women have more self-respect? It appears so, according to one counselor in Mississippi.
The counselor penned a very interesting article in her local community newspaper in which she states that studies show poor women are more likely to seek help to leave a violent relationship.
More impoverished women, she says, are more aware of the social services available for escaping abusive relationships, and do not have stigmas associated with seeking help from these services, basically because they're usually on a list to get a government check somewhere anyway.
Professional women married to white-collar men, on the other hand, will stick around and play punching bag because they fear their powerful husbands might use connections against them. These girls also fear no one will believe them, as well as the threat of being "ostracized from the social community." (Oh, the scandal!)
I don't know about you, but if I wanted to leave a husband who beat me on a regular basis, the opinions of some Gucci-wearing hag who secretly criticizes my outfits at tennis club every week wouldn't exactly influence my decision.
This information makes me wonder if rich people really do value money more than true friendship. If you're hanging out with "women" likely to take joy in gossiping about your unhealthy marital situation, then that's not a "social community." That's a "superficial prison." And if you're willing to bear a concussion or two because you're afraid you'll lose all of your nice things, then that's beyond pathetic.
Perhaps the less you have to lose, the more you have to gain.