Tag: Gender

How much should you spend on an engagement ring?

As Australians vote on marriage equality, and the phrase ‘diamonds are forever’ marks its 60th anniversary, I thought it appropriate  to ask how much you should spend on an engagement ring.

One usual answer is “three months’ salary”. Sometimes you may hear “as much as you can afford”. There are even (extremely depressing) calculators to “help” hopeful fiances to calculate an appropriate figure.

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, however, you’ll realise “how much should you spend on an engagement ring?” is of course a trick question.

But it is one that is interesting for us all -of any gender, sex, sexual identity, or marital status – to consider.

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Are you paying the pink tax?

In my previous post, we looked at physical differences and social expectations that result in men and women paying different amounts for everyday living. But in addition to expectations for women to spend more time and money on cosmetics and personal care, there may be another, more insidious reason for the difference in spending… the so-called ‘pink tax’.

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What do women’s pockets and men’s wallets have in common?

We’ve just spent the day wandering around beautiful temples in Bangkok, Thailand, and, after seeing numerous signs warning against pickpockets today, am glad to say that I’ve arrived back at the hotel with my wallet, which I’ve been carrying in a hard-to-reach part of my bag all day.

It’s always been a source of frustration to me that most women’s clothes, including even business trousers, don’t have pockets. Jeans are often the only clothes that reliably have pockets (even then, not all do), but most women’s wallets are too large to fit in a pocket anyway.

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