By Angella Kateemu
“It is truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife…’ This quote from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice should be legalised as the creed by which gold diggers live.
Today, when it comes to the rightful suitor, the ideals and sentiments are not so far from Jane Austen’s 1800s. While back then it was the parents that looked for a man from a wealthy family to marry their daughters, in recent times, the girls are doing it themselves.
Countless women in Kampala and around the globe think that all their problems will go away and they’ll coast through life in expensive cars and in plush homes after they marry a man with a lot of money.
While this may be true, it is also true that that the number of rich guys out there are few compared to the number of girls that want to marry them. The supply just doesn’t match the demand.
If you have noticed, there is only a handful of men out there that are actually rich enough to give women the lavish luxuries they have dream of.
Gold diggers… and Miss Independent
I am a gold digger and true to myself. I want only the good things in life and want someone to always pick the tab. And no, I won’t cheer to the MC’s shout out to all independent women paying their own bills (where is the fun in paying your own bill?)
There are so many women out there like me, but they won’t come out and openly admit that they are gold diggers.
Also, these women call themselves independent.
They are rich, have cushy jobs, live in plush neighbourhoods; but they are hunting and waiting for rich men to marry them. Just how independent are you if all you want is any rich man who will put a 15-carat diamond ring on your finger?
Most women, I know, no matter how successful and ambitious, how financially and emotionally secure, or how independent they think they are, panic, occasionally coupled with desperation, if they hit 30 and still have no rich man to marry them.
Gone are the days when, ‘If you couldn’t earn the money, you married the money!’ Now, if you earn the money, you STILL have to marry money, at whatever cost!
‘I’m independent; I don’t want a man to define me…’
The idea of most women wanting to be financially independent is a myth. Despite years of equality campaigning, more women are choosing to marry wealthy men as opposed to the men that make their stomachs flutter or the men they love, who don’t necessarily have a smiling bank account.
Most of these so called sophisticated independent career women continue to use marriage as an alternative or supplement to their employment careers.
While they tell you they are independent because they can pay for their sh100k Louboutins (shoes) and Chanel bags; or that they can successfully sponsor a girls’ night out, all they are saying is: “Do I like being independent?
No way! I think it is a helluva overrated. I need a nice long vacation from being the do-it-yourself woman. I have never had the luxury of not working; can someone come and free me?”
It is ironic that the more women attain parity with men, and are starting to earn similar amounts, the more they are aspiring to marry men with money. Yet, the number of traditionally “marriageable” men is shrinking.
Many Miss Independents are rejecting perfectly nice suitors because they are waiting for tycoons. But with the economic shift, the high-status eligible bachelors are becoming increasingly hard to find.
Independent, my foot!
It is no secret that women are now attracted to money, mainly because they do not want to work or fend for themselves. They want to take, therefore, the easy way out by marrying rich.
Secondly, they somehow believe that they won’t have to worry about anything ever again if their husband has money.
While it is understandable for the Little-Miss-prissy-straight-from-campus to think she is going to meet Mr. Handsome Account who will sweep her off her feet in his Range Rover Sport; it is annoying that the self-proclaimed Miss Independent, atop her high horse, is also waiting for the same Mr. Fat Account.
Not that I have a problem with them wanting a rich man to make their gold digging dreams come true, I have a problem with their claims that they do not want a man to define them yet they are openly plotting and counter-plotting to have said moneybags at all costs, including getting pregnant to tie him down.
What makes it worse is that these women have gone into desperation mode, meaning the heels are getting higher to impress all the men out there so that their bills can get covered.
When they say ,“I am independent, but I want a good guy to love me and take good care of me’, it translates to “I am officially tired of that (independent) status and I am now waiting for the next rich man who falls within 500 yards so that I can drag him down the altar!”