The male species has for a while been expected to perform a lot more than they can handle at a time, often leading to bruised egos. Feminists reading this article are probably turning their defensive instincts on ready to fire but I urge you to hear a brother out. Society has over time evolved, and women are now rising up the corporate ladder fast and competing with their male counterparts on a level playing field. Still, it is common knowledge that society has defined gender roles and many would argue that the status quo should be maintained. This debate doesn’t augur well with a huge section of males who feel pressured by the rigid and narrow definitions of masculinity. Let’s list the five things men wish society wouldn’t unfairly expect from them.
Make more money
The current trend gauges a man based on his wallet size. It’s every man’s dream to make more money and support his family but unfortunately, things don’t always work the way we want them to. A number of women who make more money are known to degrade their spouses when they are unable to match up to their financial status. These men have often been left questioning their masculinity and suffering diminished egos. Question is, does it make him less of a man just because he hasn’t landed a lucrative job yet?
Be physically strong
This is quite an interesting one- for the female fans of Spartacus and other shows filled with ridiculously chiseled characters, your physical expectations of the average man may be unrealistic. Bear in mind that your man is so busy trying to make ends meet and barely has time to hit the gym. Men are also expected to be tall which is ridiculous and unreasonable to mention the least.
The current culture expects men to have a certain inborn ability to fix anything and everything. However, this boils down to individual interests. If he enjoys fixing things, that is well and good. But if he has no knowledge or interest in fixing anything around the house he has the liberty to outsource to anyone who knows how to do it best. It should not be used to rate his masculinity.
Always get it up
I am sure you know what I mean and my opinion is that society consists of men not super men. Men do have their best days and do deliver but when their bad days strike it is only fair not to judge them. A number of medical complications and even work related stress are increasingly making men prone to sexual dysfunction. This leaves such men feeling inadequate to their spouses. The same way barrenness in women is understandable, men too deserve a hearing.
Win win win
No matter what men do, it has to be better than anyone else. This puts a lot of pressure on them even when it is totally unnecessary. They are human beings and should be treated like anyone else without imposing gender misconceptions on them.
Fairness yields understanding and that should be applied to each and every individual regardless of gender.