Predominant in time past, has been Gender Roles – behavioral expectations, duties and functions, creating a form of Gender bias – putting a name tag to it. However, in recent times a generation has risen to challenge this and partially, if not completely overhaul these “ancestral” laid down definitions, so to speak. This has led to an aggressive swap of these prevailing Gender Roles. It remains inconclusive as to its dwindling trigger.
Although the younger generation has argued that these role differentiations lingered for quite a long time as a result of the fear to step out of the convenience of the norm, to break the rules or even try something new for a change; all of which they have conquered. The older generation denounces and maintains a rigid stance that moral decadence is the cause of this drastic swap; one modernization has birthed.
These Gender Roles go beyond home duties, to relationship standings, financial independence, marriage decisions, job specialization and specifications, career options, political views, skill acquisitions; but not limited to the aforementioned. With the rise of globalization and possible trace of feminism, women tend to get busier, trying to match up their male counterpart, joggling between roles and compromising a great deal of initial stereotype and sexism.
Even though not generalized, more evident is the participation of women in catering for the family and paying bills contradicting the traditional “housewife” belief. As against the pre-existing “male” hard-core careers, like Engineering and female soft-core careers, like teaching, in modern times these career priority has shifted as most men would rather go for soft core courses and their female counterparts; the harder ones. That being said, while women are becoming less domesticated, they are also doing jobs that at one time, were traditionally considered “male” careers, for instance, more dominant in universities are male lecturers than females. Likewise, is the obvious increase in women’s involvement in politics with a similar increase in the level of independence on men.
Globalization on one hand has improved interconnection; the world over, giving rise to resistance to the traditional way of defining Gender Roles, and Feminism on the other hand has loosened this Gender bias a lot and is on its way to aggressively overlap, dominate and induce a society characterized by less stereotypes, where women can change flat tires and men can cook; where women could become presidents and men vice presidents, and where women want meaningful one night stands and men want to settle down with children. A rise in egalitarianism has also contributed in its own way.
According to (Baral 2011), a survey of over 5,000 men and women found that men were more interested in love, marriage and children at a younger age than their peers of the past while women were more interested in independent relationships than ladies of the past.
It is important to realize that these aren’t relevant for every man or woman; for example, for every man who wants to settle down there is one who doesn’t and for every woman who can’t cook there’s one who can, but however, as a generation comes to pass, the roles that society has placed on us, or we have inherited, melt away as we define our own existence as independent people and the important change to note is that gender roles are dying, gender expectations are no longer relevant and women and men alike are developing individual personalities outside of what society expects of them.
Baral, S. (2011, February 25). Traditional Gender Roles-Are they still relevant in our society (College Cures). Retrieved from http://www.collegecures.com/2011/traditional-gender-roles-are-they-still-relevant-in-our-society/
Dad (2014, February 13). Are “gender roles” still prevalent? Retrieved from http://www.moderndaydads.com/are-gender-roles-still-prevalent/