He was being sexist IMO at least as far as his personal circumstances were concerned. It seems he would not have countenanced his wife working even if she were capable of earning a much higher wage than he was able to; a life choice made by many couples today. So he took the old-fashioned view that he should be the provider and she should be the nurturer - fine as long as these questions are aired before a long-term commitment is made. He was a bit ambivalent, saying slso that he was thrilled when women wanted to work. I do object to the idea that women are cooarsened by venturing into the workplace, although I don't know what he was thinking in particular - effing and blinding maybe? Laughing at, and even, FSM forbid, telling dirty jokes?