Gender differences in heterosexual dating
However, how lesbian and gay couples manage this money is a neglected topic in psychological research.
Although the economic discrimination faced by lesbian and gay couples is well documented (Dolan & Stum, 2001; see also the literature on lesbian and gay relationships largely ignores financial issues, as do debates about same-sex marriage (see Clarke & Finlay, 2004).
Against and through these ideas about gender difference, couples are judged, positioned and regulated both by others and by themselves.
However, many heterosexual couples report resisting these stereotypes and developing alternative ways to ‘do’ marriage (see Finlay & Clarke, 2003).
For instance, in the UK, although a the provisions of the Civil Partnership Act 2004 are due to come into force later this year, lesbian and gay couples are currently denied access to many of the rights and privileges enjoyed by married heterosexual couples.
A focus on sameness can also lead to a failure to explore the marginalisation of lesbian and gay relationships in the wider society. The allocation of household labor in gay, lesbian, and heterosexual married couples. Pahl developed a typology of money management in married heterosexual relationships as follows: Surveys have shown that nearly half of all married heterosexual couples in the UK use some form of pooling, about a quarter have a female-managed whole-wage system, about one in ten a male-managed whole-wage system, and about the same number have an allowance system (Laurie & Rose, 1994). We are currently undertaking a study exploring the usefulness of Pahl’s typology for characterising systems of money management in same-sex relationships. Economic security and financial management issues facing same-sex couples. What little evidence there is suggests that many lesbian and gay couples do have a financial partnership and pool or merge some or all of their income (Mendola, 1980), and this becomes more likely over time (Blumstein & Schwartz, 1983). This is clearly no longer the typical picture of heterosexual marriage (if it ever was), but a gendered division of labour where a male (main) breadwinner and a female responsible for the home and childcare is the predominant pattern. In this article we explore what happens in relationships when these ‘off-the-shelf’ roles are not available.