Friday, March 20, 2015

Blog 5: Gender Equality. What's in it for men?

The main goal to gender equality is convincing men that they are just as likely to benefit from it as women. Ending discrimination against women would help with the acceptance of equality and rejecting gender stereotypes. An ongoing problem for women and men has been the gender segregation in the labor market. Iceland has Europe’s highest percentage of women in the workforce but is one of the most segregated. “It remains harder for a man to be accepted as a kindergarten teacher than a woman to be accepted as an engineer”, said the country’s minister for social affairs. Gender stereotypes keep men from being able to enjoy tasks without being judged. For example, cooking, cleaning or staying at home to take care of the kids and more. In a workshop, most men were ashamed and would not admit to liking these things. The men said that when they come home, they would rest and the women would cook and clean. Some men were encouraged to do chores and it even increased their sex lives.
I am completely against gender stereotypes and what a woman or man is supposed to do based off their sexual identity. Protesting women’s rights will never get women to absolute equity. As long as men do not participate or encourage equal rights among both genders, women will not be able to do anything about it. As the article says, the only solution is convincing men that they will also benefit from equality, which is very true.

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