Men and Women Today

The impact of modernization on the roles of different genders cannot be
understated. While some traditional roles remain intact, some have
undergone a complete change. Women are still expected to take care of
their families and look after their kids, while men are required to the
breadwinners in which case they are to earn the incomes for their
families (Galinsky et al, 2011). In the workplace, a large number of
high-risk or physically-challenging or demanding jobs are usually
handled by men, alongside a large number of administrative tasks
(Galinsky et al, 2011). Women, on the other hand, handle less demanding
or less intensive roles such as typing, handling cash, and finances.
As much as there have traditionally been specific roles for women and
men, research on the current day trends has shown that women and men can
indeed, switch roles. Men have, in the past, monopolized decision-making
and physically-demanding jobs such as in the military or even as CEOs in
organizations. However, recent times have given rise to women who have
taken up these tasks. This is the same case for men in the family arena,
where recent times have seen the cropping up of single fathers who can
indeed take care of their families.
Nevertheless, homosexuality has altered the definition of being a
“man” and a “woman” especially considering the sexual
intercourse aspect. Indeed, it is often assumed that in instances where
individuals are in homosexual relationships, there will always be one
party who assumes the role of a male, while the other assumes the role
of a female (Bering, 2009). The “male” partner is assumed to be the
one looks masculine while the “female” one is the feminine one
irrespective of the gender of the individual (Bering, 2009). This is
different from the traditional definition of a man, which essentially
revolved around the sex of the individual.
Bering, J (2009). Top Scientists Get to the Bottom of Gay Male Sex Role
Preferences. Scientific American, web retrieved from HYPERLINK
Galinsky, E., Aumann, K & Bond, J.T (2011). Gender and Generation at
Work and at Home. Family and work Institute

Close Menu