It never ceases to amaze me how sexist the society we live in is. Even in 2012, a lot of people live by and only accept traditional gender roles. These roles say that the woman is a nurturing, emotional, child rearing being, whose place is within the home. On top of this, a woman is expected to keep up her physical appearance, remain fit, and pleasure her husband each night. Men, on the other hand, are still expected to rough and tough, blunt and burly. Men are responsible for bringing home the money, and their only contribution at home is to do yard work. The wife is supposed to make things easy on her breadwinning husband at home.
What I don't understand is the lack of a woman's desires and needs. Why can't a female be the working partner, and her husband be a stay at home dad? When this does happen, society looks at these couples strangely. Or what about the women that chose not to marry or settle down? They are seen as old maids, and lonely cat ladies. A man that remains single is known as playboy, and this isn't questioned in society.
Where are the women in power? We still have never had a female President in the United States. Strong, and empowered women are often called crass and bitchy. Many would say that a woman in power lacks a nurturing heart, and could never be successful and happy. I'm not trying to go on a feminist rant, but that absolutely infuriates me. I have never wanted to depend on a man for my happiness or sense of self worth. I've always known that if I want to make a name for myself someday I'll have to do it on my own. I'm not going to earn my titles on my knees or by riding the coattails of a man.
I feel like there needs to be a push towards presenting independent women positively in our society. Traditions are fine, but they aren't rules. If they were, these would certainly be the ones that need to be broken. I'm not only talking about women now. Men shouldn't always be portrayed and rough and tumble. To me, a real man is someone that's not afraid to show emotion or be vulnerable.
I guess what I'm trying to accomplish with his post is to simply get everyone thinking. Are you passively slipping into these gender roles without even stopping to question them? If so, are you happy with that? We are shaped by our environment to some extent, but if we want to make changes, we can't be afraid of standing out to reshape our environment. Like rules, some molds are meant to be broken. I'm personally ready to end the foolish gender roles being forced down our throats in this society.
Lindsey. Twenty-Five. Currently pursuing a degree in Professional Writing & Film Studies.