Over the last 20 years, there has been a marked increase in the number of women entering the marketplace. This is true of most western countries around the world. With this marked increase, there has slowly been a change in attitudes toward women. What has also happened is the influence women are having on boys and indeed men.
I believe women are no longer viewed as the weaker sex, aside from the diehard chauvinists out there and the ‘old school man’. Women have become the stronger sex and a gender bias is slowly creeping into all areas of our lives.
Now I can hear some women shout ‘about time’ I can hear you shout ‘we have a long way to go and it’s still a mans world’ and I can hear you shout ‘there are not enough women at the top of companies for it to be leaning toward a female society’. At the top of the tree, the statistics are grim with less than 1% of female chief executives in the UK with similar numbers in the US and the rest of Europe.
What I would like to talk about is the influence women are having on our young boys.
It is a logical assumption that boys are going to be more influenced at a young age than they are when they are older. Going on this assumption if we look at who our children are having the most contact with:
Primary school teachers
After school care workers
Pre school care workers
All of the above professions are predominantly female oriented. In the UK alone 85% of Nursery and Primary school teachers are female. Whereas 20 years ago only 60% of the nursery and primary school teachers were female.
Also with the rise of single mothers in the country and absent fathers, the amount of time boys are spending with male role models whilst they are young is decreasing.
I believe all this time spent with female influences is having a dramatic affect on the psyche of ‘boys’. I am by no means saying it is a bad thing that boys are being influenced by women, we need this to keep a balance. However, the positive male role model should be encouraged to keep that balance. I think with the rise in the reporting of Paedophilia it has put men off even thinking about becoming nursery or primary school teachers and this can be a huge setback when teaching young boys. Boys have a different style of learning, which, I believe, is not being picked up. It comes as no surprise to me that girls are now scoring higher in exams than boys.
The media, health care,
It seems it is more than education that is being feminised. In an article by Guardian, in August this year it states that for the first time more women are surfing the net than men are. This changes a lot when it comes to marketing on the web, there is a huge market out there for WAHM’s (Work at home mums) and advertising, website design, even writing styles are going to have to cater for this market.
Health care has always been predominantly a female oriented role and it is still the case today, perhaps not at the top of the tree, but certainly from the ground up.
I love the fact that western society is coming round to equality and it’s about time, and I feel it will be another 20 – 30 years before we see true equality. However, there is a downside and that is the feminisation of men and the masculinisation of women.
That might sound ridiculous now but in 20 years time are we going to have young men who are more feminine and women who are more masculine. we can see it now on our TVs every day. The line between feminine and masculine will become blurred.
A five-point list of what we can do to keep the balance:
The government to actively encourage male primary school teachers
The government to actively encourage nursery school teachers
Absent fathers to take more of an active role in their child’s upbringing
Companies to actively recruit women into executive roles
The media, especially TV, to portray masculine men rather than feminised men (And I don’t mean gay men, I mean straight men acting feminine).
What are your views on this topic? Do you agree that men have become feminised? Let me know be leaving a comment.