Posted by: catherinemeyer11 | January 29, 2013

Inital 1/31/13 Men in Female Roles

As the past few weeks have progressed, we have discussed the need for the integration of females into primarily male dominated fields and positions. Statistics prove there are significantly more males in CEO and CFO positions and that men dominate the Fortune 500 business world. The class has studied and noted the opportunity and growing tolerance/acceptance for women to excel in the workplace. Although I full support the transition and progression for gender equality, I feel as if we have ignored a crucial point and opportunity to promote equality. Yes, women have a multitude of traits and qualities they could bring to a primarily male dominated field, BUT men are also sold short the opportunity to peruse more female dominated positions. Due to the stereotype and societal judgments on men in typical female roles, we are struggling to fully reach an advancement in gender equality.

While the doors are opening for women in male dominated fields, I think society should push for the pursuing of women’s roles by men. It would be interesting to see more male Kindergarden teachers, more male nurses, more male flight attendants, more stay at home Dads, etc. Just as women deserve the opportunity to bring their assets to the highest positions of business, men should be able to do this as well in female dominated jobs without receiving backlash. Just as we see backlash to women in the upper level positions as “hard-asses” or “bitches,” when a man peruses a more female dominated field such as elementary teaching, nursing, etc., they are considered “gay” or “a wuss” or even a “pedophile.”

Although I fully support the movement for gender equality I feel as if we should look at it from both sides (Obviously this class specifically is on WOMEN), and note that there are definitely limitations on both sides of the spectrum. As women climb the ropes and reach for gender equality, the battle should be met in the middle with acceptance of both genders in all areas of the workplace.


  1. I completely agree with this. As important as I think it is for women to be able to choose if they want to enter the workforce, I think it is also important for men to have that same choice. For some families, it might work better for the husband to stay at home with the kids and the wife to go to work. I think we don’t see this as often because men are typically viewed as the “bread winners,” the providers. Since this is a social norm, men don’t want to be looked down on by other men who are in the workforce. I think it is mostly a pride thing as far as men not being stay-at-home dads, elementary school teachers, or nurses. If we want to truly find gender equality, we don’t just need to change our views on women, but also our views on men.

  2. I agree with the statements made above. I do want to add that it will take men a longer time to adjust to new gender roles than it has been for women already. The role of women has been continuously changing in the last two centuries. Women have been evolving their social and domestic role to fit their desire to progress in society. However, men have not. Men have been the “breadwinner” since the beginning of time, primarily because of physical attributes. Men have started out on top of the social hierarchy and have had the privilege to remain there. There has been no reason for men to become more domesticated until now. It has taken two centuries for women to become more masculine in their social roles, will it take as long for men to become more feminine in theirs? This does not become a question on the capability of men to be adequate stay-at-home dads, it is just a question on how long will it take society to become more accepting of these gender role changes.

  3. I completely agree with this statements in this blog post. It’s been so difficult for women to be accepted in male dominated roles, even though they are just as competent as men. But on the flip side, it’s just as difficult for men to be accepted in female dominated jobs without being ostracized as well. The roles of men and women in society have been changing over the years. More men are staying at home with the children and doing more domestic based jobs, while women are out in the workforce as CEO’s of companies, etc. It’s nice to live in a world where gender roles can go both ways on the spectrum of jobs, while still being accepted in society.

  4. I think it is a great thing to notice how men can be considered “pansies” if they hold female roles, but think about a time when you have seen a guy holding a baby… isn’t it just the most precious thing? Women holding babies is a normal sight but when men do it, its great that he is “getting involved in parenting” or “taking charge of his family.” I think that the assumption that women should be the main caregiver is disheartening to men especially the ones who are the main caregiver. My aunt and uncle recently got pregnant and my uncle wants to be the one to stay home with the baby and raise it while my aunt continues to work in her very male dominated field of work. When I heard that he would be the main caregiver, I thought to myself, “it will be interesting to see the family dynamics” since my extended family is very traditional in the sense that woman tend to stay home while the men work. I think that the more fathers that are involved in their children’s lives and caregive is actually helping the barrier of “women are homemakers and men are businessmen” diminish.

  5. I think it’s great to view this in both perspectives. Personally, this hits very close to home. I work at a daycare, which is predominantly known as a female job. As the only male employee, I receive extra care by the female employees because I am viewed as both too young and as a man. In many peoples’ opinion, a male is not suitable for that sort of environment. However, the children have more respect for me and listen to me better compared to the female employees. The kids view me as an authoritative figure, which falls into the stereotypical gender role of a male. I do just as much as the female employees by giving them attention, helping them when they need me, and be the authoritarian when needed. The fine line between gender roles are diminishing and I see myself breaking that stereotype.

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