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Aspects of Marriage The role of provider has changed through out time Bernard quotes the 23rd Psalm along with Exodus 1612-13 In relation to these Bible verses Bernard says this In fact in this role of good provider God is sometimes almost synonymous with Providence She goes on to say that the first great provider for the human species was God the Father surely the second great provider for the human species was Mother the gatherer planter and general factotum At this point in early history women had a huge role as the provider According to Boulding 1976 In hunting and gathering societies males contribute to one-fifth of the food of the clan females the other four-fifths Page 236 describes the virtuous women in the Old Testament The woman in this proverb was the very model of a good provider Women soon lost the role of good provider Page 237 states that The good provider as a specialized male role seems to have arisen in the transition from subsistence to marketespecially moneyeconomies accelerated with the Industrial Revolution The book states that the loss of the good provider role for women has had negative effects Bernard says that it placed women in a vulnerable position Page 237 says this Because she was not reimbursed for her contributions to the family in either products or services a wife was stripped to a considerable extent of her access to cash-mediated markets By discouraging labor force participation it deprived many women especially affluent ones of opportunities to achieve strength and competence Men assuming the good provider role has come with problems The book states that some men resented the burdens the role forced them to bear If a man was having problems fulfilling the role he would sometimes take it out on his family Marriages suffered because of the frustration felt by both men and women According to the book some men did
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