Contact Author Being a woman or being a man used to mean that you had a certain code of behavior that you had to follow especially when interacting with the other sex. This is what we call gender roles. Men had to be this way and women had to be that way.
Of course, the gender roles would vary across different cultures and across different generations. But within every generation they were quite clearly laid out. Today, in western industrialized societies, gender roles are still present but they are far less pronounced and people are generally free to decide for themselves what code of behavior they will follow. But some gender codes remain with us and are unlikely to change anytime soon - particularly those that have an evolutionary background.
For women, physical beauty is and probably always will be a deciding factor in her social status. Likewise, for men, their social status is highly dependent on their performance of useful tasks. And no amount of campaigning or awareness-raising will change these things. Firstly, monotonous traditional lifestyles are, well, kind of boring and uninteresting.
I mean, even if you love your ascribed gender role, surely you would want to try alternatives once in a while.
Diversity rules and makes everything better because young people can learn from different views and lifestyles about gender roles and they can incorporate various elements into their own lives. Today, you can choose what kind of gender role you want to play - well mostly.
The down side is that, if you have a less common way of life, then you might have a harder time finding somebody with a lifestyle that matches yours. One of the problems in the modern dating world stems particularly from a lack of clear rules of engagement. So dating is a lot more complicated - but that also makes it more exciting because there is much more diversity of dating partners.
Women are averagely better educated and better qualified than men so this trend will continue and perhaps accelerate.
So female productivity is sharply on the rise. But you have to wonder, with regard to what I said about men being defined by their productivity, what the implications might be for men. Or imagine things the other way round, if men were to become more and more physically 'beautiful' such that their beauty surpasses that of women how society perceives it in many cases, how might that affect women?
I'll have to leave that for another article. It goes without saying that the traditional female gender role is left only for those who really want it.
But be careful of one thing: That freedom of choice gradually disappears as you get older. Of course, this is not for everyone, but I do think everyone should give it serious thought at some point in their lives. Gender roles are overrated anyway What we call gender roles, are mostly determined by simple pragmatism of past generations carried over for little other than traditional reasons - a kind of archaic leftover.