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Title: The white elephant of the transitional marriage.
Authors: Tan, Jasmine Gek Ting.
Keywords: DRNTU::Visual arts and music::Design
Issue Date: 2011
Abstract: Marriage today sits in between two extremes—traditional marriage and egalitarian marriage. Traditionally, men and women are encouraged to behave according to established masculine and feminine roles, and take up breadwinner and homemaker duties respectively. The egalitarian marriage, however, has empowered her to pursue a career with her husband taking up equal household responsibilities. With women’s education, females are open to equalizing gender—but men have fallen behind in the pursuit of gender equality in marriage. Here, the Transitional Marriage comes into existence: the faster-changing woman, married to the slower-changing man. He keeps his position as the breadwinner; she juggles her place in the workforce with her society-entrusted role as the housewife, housekeeper, and nurturer of child. She falls victim to ‘housewife syndrome’: the cranky, dissatisfied wife. The White Elephant of the Transitional Marriage personifies the issues that gender roles play in marriages—and our refusal to acknowledge its presence when dealing with marital problems.
Rights: Nanyang Technological University
Fulltext Permission: restricted
Fulltext Availability: With Fulltext
Appears in Collections:ADM Student Reports (FYP/IA/PA/PI)

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