A recent flurry of articles has challenged readers to look critically at current gender roles and how they affect the presence of women in the workforce. Do women take on too much? Are there still factors that discourage women from focusing on their professional lives? And how does this dialogue that divides the sexes affect how we behave? Here are a handful of authors that have taken on these tricky questions:
First off, we have Hanna Rosin up to bat with a forecast of an ongoing role reversal in the United States as women retain their jobs and excel at academics while men struggle to finish their education and take up jobs that are more likely to be eliminated in a bad economic climate.
Anne Marie-Slaughter, on the other hand, predicts that this process will be much more gradual due to the persistant obstacles that prevent women from attaining their ideal level of well-being, such as a lack of available child care or the difficulty of finding a job.
In this recent article on Jezebel.com, Hugo Schwyzer discusses an unintended consequence of the “‘men suck/women rock’ caricature” displayed on blogs, in films and by advertisers. More specifically, Schwyzer highlights a trend in male behavior of playing to these lowered expectations in order to “deflect women’s anger.”
So is the prevailing attitude displayed in “The End of Men” affecting feelings of self-efficacy among males? Do employers need to do more to promote the women in their workforce?
For our readers who are growing weary of the Battle of the Sexes debate in general, check out how one Swedish school responded to gender inequality here.