Over the past decades, women have increasingly
Changing Gender Roles And Expectations
Over the past decades, women have increasingly
become powerful and dominant different aspects such in education, careers, in
addition to the family setting. According to Rosin, "When it comes to the
knowledge, drive, and discipline necessary to succeed, women are the naturals
with whom men have to strain to keep up." This is attributed to the
post-industrial economy that has been favoring women, leading to changing
gender roles as well as expectations. Most of the changing roles of men and
women have emanated from changes that have taken place in the society, such as
the equal rights for men and women. This paper utilizes Rosin’s article “The
End of Men” in discussing the changing gender roles as well as expectations for
both men and women.
What revolutionist feminists have been looking
forward to is unraveling right in front of our eyes. For a long time, women
have been under the shadow of men as they depended on them financially.
However, this is not the case. From a personal account, I have a big sister who
has a very successful career in law. At the 30 years, she is still unmarried
but has a five-year-old son. She feels that the future of her son is more
important than marriage and that she ought to work hard so as to secure his
future. This is a representation of how gender roles have been changing. During
the 1980’s, a woman’s biggest achievement was to be married and have children.
In addition, the society expected them to do this so as to be accepted as a
full member and those who did not conform to this were often looked down upon.
Nevertheless, the advent of women rights in the United States has been
instrumental in changing the roles of women, as it saw women receive
empowerment that has made them to become independent and pursue their
respective goals and happiness in life.
The traditional female roles include the
marriage mandate and motherhood, that is; they were perceived as being adults
after they wed and have children. The contemporary woman shares the burden of
taking home the bacon for her family, a role that has been majorly for men
during the past. This results in the narrowing of the gap that was existing
between men and women. As women continue to empower themselves financially,
this gap may eventually fade away altogether.
Rosin presents the notion of economic power as
one that has irreversibly changed the different roles of women in the United
States culture. She praises the liberty that young women have attained as a
benefit of the so-called “hook-up culture” of the contemporary university life
that is very different from 1980’s. Her claim is that the hook-up culture
provides a new sexual freedom to women as it enables them to pursue their
professions/careers more efficiently, with fewer interruptions.
Conventional gender roles, as well as
expectations, have gone through a lot of change in the past years that have
brought about a lot of positive outcomes for women. These positive outcomes
include; freedom to explore and come up with new roles on the basis of
individual choices instead of gender stereotypes, equality of interaction, and
increased social and career opportunities. The changing roles, as well as
expectations of women, may be hugely attributed to the service economy that does
not care so much about physical strength, rather, it favors open communication,
and social intelligence- things that come easy with women and are not
predominant to men. As a result, the global economy is turning out to be a
place where women are able to find more success in comparison to men.
In Rosin's reality, young women adjust, learn,
as well as better their chances, whereas men do not. In the event that there
has been a significant decline in violence against women, and rape cases have
dropped throughout the few years, Rosin believes that this is on account of the
way in which women have changed, and not on account of men changing. Women have
developed feistier, they have more power, and consequently, they are harder to
defraud. Surely, however, an alternate conceivable explanation behind the
decrease in violence against women may be that men are as well learning. The
essential notions of equality and fairness have been brought forward in schools
and the media since the 1970s— of respect for others, gender equality, and race
equality — are working for both men and women.
The basic gender expectations of men and women
have shifted. Parenthood has changed the expectations that people have about
their children in response to the 21st century pressures. There are dozens of
women who have established their careers after divorce and have gone ahead to
urge their daughters to be quick in establishing their careers. The modern
parents were brought up in a very different manner but they have been compelled
to improvise a different approach of raising their children so as to offer them
an enhanced shot at happiness.
The male-dominated society is giving women an
opportunity to become successful in different fields. Women have become
empowered in terms of education as many women are currently enrolling in
colleges in comparison to men. There are many women who are in powerful
positions in leadership, different professions, and in the corporate world.
This has resulted in people respecting each other as equals. Female aggression
has been rising following the passing of the mandatory arrest laws for cases of
domestic violence. The society used to consider women as incompetent, but they
are getting through the last barricade. The introduction of contraception has
as well made women to enjoy sexual freedom and to keep off marriage in case
they decide to do so.
In conclusion, the key argument that Rosin
presents is that women, after centuries of oppression, are finally winning the
day and that they are destined to outdo men.
The changing roles and expectation of women can be hugely attributed to
the service economy that does not care so much about physical strength, rather,
it favors open communication and social intelligence- things that come easy
with women and are not predominant to men. As a result, the global economy is
turning out to be a place where women are able to find more success in
comparison to men.