Finn Boulding is married, his wife has a great job, and he is the happy, unemployed-by-choice homemaker in the relationship. Not that unusual, right? Plenty of stay-at-home dads exist in the world. Except Boulding and his wife don't have kids, and they don't plan to have them. "I'm not just doing this temporarily until I find something meaningful to do," writes Boulding in an essay at Slate. "I’m actually a full-time homemaker ... not stay-at-home dad but stay-at-home dude."
He cooks, he cleans, he mends clothes, he likes it. "As a result, when she is done with work—if I've managed my time well—the evenings and weekends are now totally open for us to relax together," writes Boulding, who once was on track to become a licensed architect. "Our circumstances may change and I may be forced to re-evaluate, but for now, feeling that the benefits far outweigh the professional cost, I want to be a great homemaker supporting a fantastic spouse." Read his full essay here. (Read more gender roles stories.)