But why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage
And we don't teach boys the same?
There is a clear bias in the way we raise girls to be more polished than boys, make them more centered around taking care of the house, cooking etc — everything society calls “a good wife”.
Boys are not taught to be good “house-husbands” and marry well, they are expected to aspire to PERSONAL success first. If a man chooses to marry and start a family, it’s often seen as just a personal choice he makes for extra fulfillment, but girls learn from a young age that marriage is not just a goal, it’s almost not optional — an unmarried man (a “bachelor”) does not attract the same social stigma as an unmarried woman (an “old maid”).
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