We've certainly come a long way in society of gender specific rights and roles.
At one time women were not allowed to vote, not allowed to seek employment out of the household, etc.There was a general assumption that women were
too emotional, not as intelligent as men, and needed protection from the cruel world.
They were supposed to be barefoot, pregnant, and in the kitchen. (I still know a few men who think this way.)
Today we have men as stay at home dads and women with powerful political careers. Times have indeed changed.
I am a stay at home mother with a husband that works long hours. I cook, clean, do the laundry, and do all the yard work, etc. While I hold a fairly
traditional role, I also do things that were/are considered the man's "job". (I also know women who still feel this way.)
Stereotypically speaking dishes are a woman's job, and mowing the lawn is a man's job. While we can all pretty much agree that this line of thinking
should be obsolete, I wonder how many still agree with gender specific roles.
Today most couples both work. And the household duties are shared equally (or should be
). Even when these duties are shared in my experience it
is still gender specific. The woman may fix dinner and wash dishes while the man mows the lawn or washes the car. Both sexes can complete these tasks
easily, so why is it still mostly done this way?
My father in law still blames divorce rates on women entering the work force and would probably starve to death if he had to fix his own plate of
food. He is very old school in his beliefs.
So is "coming a long way" an assumption? We talk about equal rights, but are they?
I am really interested in whether other members see this occuring and if they themselves still do gender specific chores/duties. Is there anything
wrong with thinking that there are specific female/male roles? How do you operate in your household?
edit on 2/17/2011 by Kangaruex4Ewe because: (no reason given)
edit on 2/17/2011 by Kangaruex4Ewe because:
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