By Guest Contributor
28th December, 2018
“Do not be slaves to men! You were bought at a price”
An unequal relationship is one based on power and control instead of
equality and respect . But, what does it mean to have an equal relationship? Equality in a relationship means that each person’s interests and desires are respected and met to a reasonable degree as opposed to just one partner’s needs dominating the relationship. Inequality in a relationship refers to an imbalance of power between partners. In an unhealthy relationship one partner “maintains power and control over the other.” If your partner’s needs dominate the relationship without much consideration for your own then the relationship is unequal.
Sounds simple enough. Still, some of the most common relationship problems stem from inequality within the relationship.
Think about it. Do you always have to do the housework? Are you expected to pay for every meal in order to earn your partner’s affection? If unintentional, these behaviors do not necessarily mean your partner is abusive, it just means your relationship is unequal. Left unchecked, inequality in a relationship can lead to resentment and other controlling tactics over time.