Dating a professional fighter
"I think that's dissipated a bit, where there aren't these built-in expectations of who should be above." Educated, professional women exposed to men working lower-paying jobs growing up are more likely to date them, said Amadu Jacky Kaba, a sociology professor at Seton Hall University in New Jersey.
"When they see a hard-working garbage collector or different kinds of lower-level jobs, then they trust them," Kaba said.
Robin Coates, 45, of Mobile, Alabama, found starting a relationship with her boyfriend, Sam, a 39-year-old who installs floors, to be tricky.
Coates works as a creative director and has a college degree.
"I couldn't be more proud of what she's done in the business world." The recession has shaken some traditional gender expectations, said several marriage and family experts.
About 4.7 million jobs were lost among men during the recession, according to April figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Traditionally, a simulation game places the player in a managerial role over some set of resources, with which he is charged to build or do something — the game might set some criteria for a "win" state, but this is far from compulsory; the player can generally build whatever he likes and measure his own success by whatever metrics seem best to him (so long as he doesn't trigger a "lose" state through long-term mismanagement, whether accidental or deliberate).
Instead, people are intrigued by his dog-walking job.
"It doesn't bother me one bit that she makes more money," said her husband one morning as he was gearing up to walk 15 dogs.
The player generally has no direct control over individual agents inside the game world — thus his role, depending on the scope of the game, tends to be labelled something ranging from "business owner" or "mayor" to "president" or even "god".
Probably the first game in this tradition is , written by Bob Jamison sometime between 19: The player, based on the daily weather report, decided what supplies to buy and how much to charge customers at their virtual lemonade stand.