Money Matters in Same-Sex Relationships
Barbra Zuck Locker
Money is a hot topic. Money and sex. Money and power. Money is often linked with highly charged subjects and it is, in itself, highly charged. No one is neutral about money. Everyone has feelings about it.
Talking about money is difficult for all couples, gay and straight. In a 1999 piece written for the New Yorker, cultural critic Daphne Merkin tells of her schizophrenic experience growing up in a very wealthy family that was extremely ambivalent about money. Secrecy and shame about money pervaded family life. She provides a telling example of how parental attitudes toward money shape children's behaviors. Merkin admits that as an adult, she remains ...