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Trophy Wife 2.0: How the ‘Trophy Wife’ is Changing for the Better
Life and Style editor Imogen Lancaster discusses how the concept of a trophy wife has become outdated and is evolving in a positive way
The concept of a trophy wife is, and to a certain extent always will be, an out-dated and sexist construction which traditionally positions a man’s wife as a prized possession to show off to his equally misogynistic friends. Whilst there’s nothing wrong with a man being proud of his wife, most definitions view ‘trophy wives’ as young, attractive females who sit around all day looking pretty whilst their powerful, ambitious husbands put the bread on the table. Of course, many would agree with me when I consider this to be a narrow-minded and archaic concept which really doesn’t ring true in many modern-day relationships.
“With constantly growing opportunities for women and an emphasis on the importance of equality in the 21st century, many men are starting to value intellectual, empowered, and self-sufficient women
Women are no longer solely passive housewives, and nor should they feel they have to be if they choose not to. Power, dominance, and earning capability are by no means restricted to men anymore. In fact, women are known for multitasking. So why can’t women, say, be beautiful, and successful in their chosen career, simultaneously? Both can definitely go hand in hand - you only have to look around to see this to be the case.
“It is not emasculating, it is equality
“These are the kinds of women that we should aspire to become. These are the women who are making us question the old-fashioned, limiting, and downright sexist ideals which unfortunately do continue today
These women are successful in their own right and by no means rely on their husband for stability and/or income. These are the kinds of women that we should aspire to become. These are the women who are making us question the old-fashioned, limiting, and downright sexist ideals which unfortunately do continue today. But with such empowering women in the limelight as our role models, it gives us hope for the start of a new era of modern-day trophy wives where men will start or continue to value these impressive qualities. Long live the trophy wife 2.0.