I am getting very sick of people talking behind my back and saying insensitive things to me when my relationship is brought up. I'm 23 years old and I'm lucky enough to have landed a great job.. I make 70k a year plus bonus. My boyfriend did not go to college because he could not afford it and had no one to help him with loans or cosign anything. He's worked odd jobs here and there and is currently a part time cook and bartender. Needless to say he does not make anywhere close to what I make.. But I'm fine with that. When I met him he was homeless and I convinced my parents to let him stay for a few months and then we got our own apartment.
It seems like everyone from my female friends, my parents and all my relatives seem to think I should whore myself out to someone with more money. I say it that way because that's what it feels like. I love my boyfriend, we've been together for a year and a half and have an incredible amount of respect and love for one another. It's a healthy relationship and for the first time I don't feel as if this relationship is a childish game... It is real.
I guess I'm just shocked that WOMEN would put me down for making more than my partner. It's 2012... Why is it that being a female breadwinner is still frowned upon in our society? So much so that people who were once "friends" have distanced themselves from me and have said extremely hurtful things behind my back.
Thanks for reading my rant... Has anyone experienced anything similar and if so how did you deal with it?
Edit: thanks for all the advice and encouragement. I think I just need to not let people like this bother me but it is hard when they are family. I appreciate everyones opinions here and will try to keep answering but need to run some errands today :) thanks for helping me let off some steam 2x.