What makes a father think it’s okay for a 5 year old son to have a glass of red wine but not acceptable for his grown wife to have a sip of it? What makes a man think it’s okay for him to live a full life and relegate a woman to the kitchen or be a partial participant in the “other room”? What makes a man think at all that it’s a man’s world? It’s all part of gender inequality treatment.
Psychology tells us that there are no differences between male and female intelligence. However, while men are significantly more likely to take risks than women, this trait enables them to get ahead more quickly than the average woman. Perhaps we owe the intuition in the male gender to segregate from the opposite sex to their more likelihood to be aggressive, a trait influenced by androgen exposure.
The correction of this ill in our society needs to start from raising confident children, especially girls. How do you treat your son differently than your daughter in ways that encourage healthy development? What benefits do you accord your son that is a taboo for your daughter in your home? Have you also seen the future and you’re certain that your daughter won’t be helpful to you in your old age? If only you would open your eyes to realize the gem you have in your daughter.
If you didn’t know, appreciate this now. Despite the increase in women in the labor force since the mid-1900s, traditional gender roles are still prevalent in the world, even in developed countries. Women are expected to be flexible and willing to put their educational and career goals on hold in order to raise children, while their husbands work. However, while some husbands prefer their wives to stay at home and take care of the home, they are not as happy to fund all family responsibilities and the woman ends up, yet again, at the receiving end of an irritable husband. Despite the fact that different households may divide chores more evenly, there is evidence that supports that women have retained the primary caregiver role within familial life despite contributions economically. This implies that women who work have to put in extra hours and efforts doing household or childcare related chores. Whether as a wife or a daughter, the amount of efforts put into family care is almost thrown away in the large culture that many societies have that give less inheritance of ancestral property to women compared to men.
In some countries, you’ll find some extreme examples of gender inequality such as;
- Female infanticide
- Sexual subjugation
- Freedom to file for divorce
- Custody rights
- Increase vulnerability to violence
- Freedom to travel
- Access to education
With this platform, “I demand the independence of woman, her right to support herself; to live for herself; to love whomever she pleases or as many as she pleases. I demand freedom for both sexes, freedom of action, freedom in love and freedom in motherhood” – Emma Goldman.