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Dear Poll: Who Wears the Pants?


A recent study in Iowa examined the dynamic of 72 married couples whose average age was about 33 and average length of marriage was seven years. After observing how the men and women interacted, women appeared to have more power, more domineering and dominant behaviors than their husbands, regardless of who brought up the topic of conversation.

These results were not all that shocking to me, especially since I know so many strong willed women. So while it was clear in this study that women displayed more power than their husbands during problem-solving discussions, what I want to know is, who wears the pants in your relationship?

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melda melda 9 years
we both but sometimes he wears more if that phrase is correct
blackjade blackjade 9 years
We're equal on most thing but the scale probably tips a little more in my favor.
KerryG KerryG 9 years
We've got kind of a seperate-but-equal thing going. He gets final say on business matters, I get final say on home-and-child matters. In practice, both of us consult the other about most things, though, and the person who cares more about something tends to get his or her way regardless of whether it's his or her "domain."
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
I used to wear the pants in past relationships, to the point where it got boring! My BF now and I are both very equal and I don't get to wear the pants all the time any more.
MrsSchmitt MrsSchmitt 9 years
I was going to say that of course it's an even playing field, but when I really think about, I think I wear the pants. He always concedes to me when we disagree about something.
dior_show dior_show 9 years
We both do in little ways, but he is pretty protective of me, so in general he has more say in our relationship
Princess-Rebecca Princess-Rebecca 9 years
I do, but remember most of the time women have more power at home but not necc out of home...
earthylovingirl earthylovingirl 9 years
he does but with my permission, haha.
rubialala rubialala 9 years
Both of us.
candy-apple candy-apple 9 years
i kind of do, when it comes to stuff like shopping, weekend and dinner plans.. my bf even teases me by calling me "boss".but when it comes to things like money, our future in general and just about anything else that's important to us both, he always has the final say. after all, he's the one who's older and more independant. it's a bit annoying sometimes too- i'm always the baby in the relationship!
candy-apple candy-apple 9 years
i kind of do, when it comes to stuff like shopping, weekend and dinner plans.. my bf even teases me by calling me "boss". but when it comes to things like money, our future in general and just about anything else that's important to us both, he always has the final say. after all, he's the one who's older and more independant. it's a bit annoying sometimes too- i'm always the baby in the relationship!
Masqueraded_Angel Masqueraded_Angel 9 years
I'm definitely the pants-wearer in our marriage. However, if it comes to ANYTHING having to do with any computer or electronic, he's got the field on that one. When it comes to money, raising my son, cleaning, stuff like that...it's all me. :) I'm one of those perfectionist people, so usually I don't like things done unless they're done MY way, ya know?
Jennifer_2sugar Jennifer_2sugar 9 years
WHAT? :?
designergirl designergirl 9 years
I wear the pants most of time. However, I do cede control to him for some things, and I always value his opinion greatly. That being said, I have way more willpower and more of a talent for mutitasking, so it's natural that I wear the pants more.
fiestygirl fiestygirl 9 years
I do. And my man knows it hehe.
sparklemeetspop sparklemeetspop 9 years
I like the quote from My Big Fat Greek Wedding how the men are the head but the women are the neck. :)
Marci Marci 9 years
We are definitely on an even playing field. Sometimes he's got the upper hand, sometimes I do. We put everything out there; all our cards on the table, and we take it from there.
Marci Marci 9 years
We are definitely on an even playing field. Sometimes he's got the upper hand, sometimes I do. We put everything out there; all our cards on the table, and we take it from there.
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