Roles of a man and woman? Are they still ALIVE????
With both genders contributing to the household does the roles still apply?
The one role for women related to giving birth and being mom is still very much alive as men are unable to give birth. Estrogen and Testosterone still determine male- female characteristics. Men are usually the mechanically inclined and, women still enjoy marriage and family. Men are some what quiet and women still talkative.
What changes is our society and economic situations. In the modern world U.S, successful households function best, when the men and women together work as a team.
I believe the answer is yes and no.
Clearly "traditions" have changed from the 1950s and earlier. More men are (expected) to help around the house and be more involved with raising their children. It's not an unusual to see a father out alone with the kids shopping or eating at McDonalds while his wife is spending time with a girlfriend or having a day at the spa.
Over the past couple of decades men have been encouraged to be more open about sharing their emotions and less domineering. Better career opportunities have made it possible for quite a few women to out earn their husbands or significant others. In some instances women are the sole breadwinner while the man is a stay at home dad. In some instances economics dictate lifestyle choices.
However it must be noted not everyone is happy with the changes. This makes it more of a challenge for mixing and matching the right people together based upon their (expectations). For example some women are resentful over the fact that they make more money then their man. If they make $100k they want their man to make as much or even better, more. Instead of having a guy being open about his emotional needs and negotiating with them about important decisions these women long for a "take charge" type of the guy who makes them feel safe and secure. She wants him to be strong and fix things.
On the other hand some women strictly want a 50/50 partnership without the man insisting on being "in charge". Their ideal man cooks, cleans, changes diapers, listens to her, and consults with her before making decisions and vice versa. Equality is stressed over being traditional. Most men today don't want a stay at home wife either.
It's not uncommon for some "traditional women" to be frustrated with "progressive men" and exclaim, "A (real man) should do this and a (real woman) should do that." There are also some women who love their independence and feel they don't need men much at all. Some have chosen never to marry, adopt children alone, or conceive through a sperm bank. "I don't need a man!"
Sometimes the more options one has the more confusing things get.
Since the roles of men and women flow from nature itself, any current deviation is merely a fad of the moment. It is inevitable that divergent roles for men and women will reassert themselves. Men are not women and women are not men, thank God and nature.
The traditional and fundamental roles are still there (typically the man is the breadwinner, woman the mother (cook, and maid). It is evolving however and both men and women can play both roles every now and then. Men stay at home with kids, cooking and cleaning, women the sole earner.
Don't get it twisted the roles are still there. The women is still expected to give birth, cook, and clean (on top of working), while the man is suppose to provide (and keep working). These roles kind of loosen/relaxed, they still there but it isn't as strong or as important as it was in the past.
Marriage needs equal contribution from the wife and husband. But what has gone wrong in modern marriages is that the unique quality of a man and the unique quality of a woman is all muddled up. Woman have immense patience and mental grit, but modern woman feel that being patient means being meek. The unique quality of a man is being protective towards his family, but modern men feel modern women to be too forward for them to need any protection. The roles of man and woman are still alive but not lived as it should be.
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