Social media users have taken to Twitter to voice their opinions on the continuous debate surrounding gender roles in society.
The latest hashtag, #GirlfriendAllowance, considers the legitimacy of boyfriends giving their girlfriends an allowance, just as parents do with their children.
It is possible that this concept stems from the prevalence of ‘blessers’ or ‘sugar daddies’ in South Africa. The term ‘blesser’ is colloquially used to refer to older, wealthy men who date younger women. The younger women receive benefits, including money and expensive gifts from the ‘blessers’.
Many claim that women are expected to uphold certain lifestyle standards in society, therefore men should pay their partners an allowance. This enables them to buy clothing, go to salons and get manicures.
Some refuted the idea of a girlfriend allowance, with one user saying she would rather have a meaningful relationship than material possessions.
— Kamo ❣ Owami (@Nthebe_Lebo) November 7, 2017
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Others believed women would take the allowance received from one boyfriend and give it to their ‘side dish’ or another boyfriend.
— VHUTSHILO (@buchiloSA) November 8, 2017
The girlfriend allowance was even likened to high-class prostitution.
— PO! Sessions ® (@DeepMarvin) November 7, 2017
A few women admitted that while they demand a girlfriend allowance, they would never give their partner a ‘boyfriend allowance’.
— Bonang (@LuBonang) November 7, 2017
— Unemployed Web Developer (@SihleSocishe) November 8, 2017
But be warned. Apparently, there are certain requirements that a girlfriend needs to fulfill to receive her allowance. Should she not live up to her role, the blesser is under no obligation to pay any money, and is entitled to end the allowance.
But the bylaws of the #Girlfriendallowance also stipulate that the girlfriend needs to perfom certain activities for her to secure her allowance.. If not I then have every right to cancel the girlfriend allowance without notifying you or even terminate the agreement!
— Bongani Moyake ???????? (@moyakeb) November 8, 2017