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August 13th, 2010
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You Know You've Been Unemployed a Long Time When...

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From:mofic
Date:August 15th, 2010 10:11 pm (UTC)
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Hmmm. I don't want it to be a Mary Sue but I think whether male or female the character has to be the breadwinner for the family. I think s/he has to be motivated by financial desperation. I don't think loss of status will do it, because Convicted Murderer is lower status than SAHM. So I think it's either:

- a married man in a traditional family
- a woman in a lesbian couple where she's always been the breadwinner; or
- a single parent.

But with the single parent I have the problem you mentioned of not wanting to leave her kids (although if she's desperate enough and confident enough this will work I can see it) and also the problem of she needs someone she's confiding in to try to talk her out of this. Still, I guess it doesn't have to be a partner.

FWIW being I've been out of work when partnered and when unpartnered and I was not less desperate when partnered. It depends who the partner is, among other things.
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