Budget-friendly Brooklyn blog Brokelyn has a post up today called “How to survive as a SAHG (stay-at-home-girlfriend).” Our SAHG begins, confessionally, abhorrently, “I am a stay-at-home girlfriend. When my boyfriend goes off to work, I spend my days cooking, cleaning our two-bedroom Greenpoint apartment, and trying to look good for him when he comes home. I never planned on this lifestyle; my corporate job of four years was outsourced in October when we were already living together.” And now, SAHG’s primary priority is taking care of her man (after job searching, of course). How…nice.
As you can imagine, the post is getting all sorts of reactions, not least because the concept of a stay-at-home-girlfriend sounds regressive at best, “kept” at worst. Beyond that, is survival the paramount of worries in this situation? What has a SAHG to fear but her French maid outfit catching fire from the apple pie she is making for her beloved to enjoy when he finally returns from slaving away in the trenches and winning all that bread?
But, yes, this must be a worry for some, even if we don’t know them personally. Our writer says it is! So, how do you survive as a stay-at-home-girlfriend, after you’ve read your significant other’s secret shoebox stash of letters and porn? Lots of cable? Afternoon-tinis?
Ah, there’s more to it than that! Among the writer’s suggestions (she says that all of the SAHGs she knows “adhere to stereotypically Stepfordish rules to keep our relationships afloat and ourselves sane”): Get up when your boyfriend does, whether that’s 6 a.m. or not; make him breakfast; clean the apartment daily; make or order dinner every night; look good on a budget (see: grooming); wear “hot, inexpensive” outfits like tank tops and cutoff shorts; “pamper him”; have sex whenever he wants; and go out yourself at least once a day. Which all sounds very, uh, reasonable if you don’t have a job to go to. And, uh, enough to inspire you to get a job, STAT.
Since we’ve never met an actual SAHG, we have a few of our own suggestions for surviving as a person who works (PWW), whether you’re dating anyone or not. We know a lot of PsWW.
Oh, and if you must date a blogger, read this.