Critique- Who’s Cheap?
Angeliz Rivera Meléndez
INGL 3130 KG1
October 7, 2008
What would you think ifyou go out on a date and your date throws the tab on you? Or, what would you do if you get married and all the bills are given to you as your exclusive responsibility? For women that would beintolerable. It’s not the same for men, they are used to it. Many people think men exist to support women monetarily and that’s exactly what Adair Lara talks about in this essay. She tries to show her audiencethe falsity of this belief and I can say I identify with her thoughts.
Adair Lara is a Californian journalist and a writing teacher, she exposes one of the most controversial themes in the societyand we can say, because of all the experiences she narrates in this essay, she really identifies with the topic. Through all her writing she stays on the border line, not saying what she really thinksabout it, but leaving it very clear. She implies that a relationship should not be based on the monetary rank or global ideas of how people should behave. According to the author, it’s not fair totolerate things to one side and not to the other. Calling it a dilemma, she states that both men and women have imperfections.
Many people say what a woman needs is a moneymaker and she will have itall, but that’s not the way I think it is. Even today in our society we have this standard scheme in which we associate women with housekeeping and men with money support. I am not that kind of womanthat tries to get everything from men. I know being a couple means to help each other, not to take advantage. It’s true some men are stingy and dole most of the times.
Although, this kind ofstereotyping does not come only from women, there’s also this kind of chauvinism coming from men. They think that paying everything even though they know they are ruining their wallet is a demonstration of a...