The Progressive-Minded Man – Queendom.com Study Reveals Shifting Views of Masculinity

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Recent study on gender roles reveals that many men are changing their attitude and opinions of relationships, childrearing, men and women’s place in the working world, and what it means to be a man in today’s world. The study was conducted by Queendom.com and PsychTests.com using their Gender Roles Test.

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89% of traditional men believe that most of the important decision-makers in a company should be male, compared to 1% of progressive-minded men.

Although the idea of a male nanny or stay-at-home dad is still not widely-accepted, traditional and progressive-minded men differ greatly in other areas, particularly their views of women, and of a man’s role in relationships, in the home, and in the raising of the children. While there are some ways of life that die hard, a study by Queendom.com indicates that progressive-minded men are much more open-minded, which can have a positive impact on how young boys view themselves and their role in the world.

Being cared for by a male nurse or managed by a female CEO may still raise some eyebrows, but for a lot of men, it’s part of an ever-changing world. Researchers at Queendom.com asked a group of 310 men who took the Gender Roles Test about “appropriate” jobs for men and women, a man and a woman’s role in relationships, and how boys and girls should be raised. Their study reveals major differences between progressive-minded and traditional men with few exceptions.

Careers: Who is better suited?
Here are the percentages of traditional vs. progressive-minded men who said that the following jobs are appropriate for both genders:

  •     Nurse: 9% of traditional men vs. 81% of progressive-minded men
  •     Doctor: 28% of traditional men vs. 95% of progressive-minded men
  •     Financial Planner: 18% of traditional men vs. 90% of progressive-minded men
  •     Teacher: 36% of traditional men vs. 92% of progressive-minded men
  •     Professor: 24% of traditional men vs. 95% of progressive-minded men
  •     Research Scientist: 24% of traditional men vs. 94% of progressive-minded men
  •     CEO: 11% of traditional men vs. 94% of progressive-minded men
  •     Secretary: 5% of traditional men vs. 86% of progressive-minded men
  •     Carpenter: 3% of traditional men vs. 64% of progressive-minded men
  •     Stay-at-home-parent: 6% of traditional men vs. 84% of progressive-minded men
  •     Judge: 16% of traditional men vs. 95% of progressive-minded men
  •     Prison Guard: 4% of traditional men vs. 59% of progressive-minded men
  •     Police Detective: 15% of traditional men vs. 91% of progressive-minded men

The role of men and women in the home

  •     88% of traditional men believe that husbands should be the main breadwinners, compared to 4% of progressive-minded men.
  •     83% of traditional men feel that the man should control the finances in their family. None of the progressive-minded men agreed with this.
  •     47% of traditional men feel that if both the wife and husband work outside the home, they should share household duties 50/50 - compared to 87% of progressive-minded men.

The role of men and women in relationships

  •     64% of traditional men believe that the man should do most of the planning of dates, compared to 5% of progressive-minded men.
  •     38% of traditional men feel that it’s ok for a woman to propose marriage to a man, compared to 96% of progressive-minded men.
  •     71% of traditional men believe that a woman should have fewer sexual partners than a man. None of the progressive-minded men agreed with this.
  •     75% of traditional men feel that a man should be chivalrous, compared to 45% of progressive-minded men.
  •     40% of traditional men feel that women should play hard to get on the first few dates, compared to 4% of progressive-minded men.

The role of men and women in childrearing

  •     88% of traditional men feel that the father should be the disciplinarian vs. 1% of progressive-minded men.
  •     78% of traditional men think less of a stay-at-home dad, compared to 4% of progressive-minded men.
  •     80% of traditional men feel that women are naturally more nurturing than men, compared to 21% of progressive-minded men.
  •     68% of traditional men don’t like the idea of a woman working outside the home when there are children to raise, compared to 2% of progressive-minded men.

The role of men and women at work

  •     89% of traditional men believe that most of the important decision-makers in a company should be male, compared to 1% of progressive-minded men.
  •     If it can be avoided, 61% of traditional men said they would never work in a position where their immediate supervisor was a woman, compared to 1% of progressive-minded men.

Men and Masculinity

  •     76% of traditional men feel that a guy should always be aware of how masculine he appears to others, compared to 11% of progressive-minded men.
  •     90% of traditional men would feel like less of a man if they lost their job and were unable to support their family, compared to 30% of progressive-minded men.
  •     56% of traditional men feel that a man should never back off from a dare, compared to 2% of progressive-minded men.
  •     78% of traditional men would not want to have gay friends, compared to 3% of progressive-minded men.
  •     59% of traditional men are uncomfortable expressing emotions, compared to 16% of progressive-minded men.
  •     62% of traditional men would not want their son to play with toys meant for girls, compared to 2% of progressive-minded men.
  •     56% of traditional men would teach their sons that crying and whining are unacceptable behaviors, compared to 1% of progressive-minded men.

“With TV commercials, music videos, and other media sending the message that men need to be a certain way – in many cases, ultra-masculine – it’s hard to make things shift in a different direction,” points out Dr. Jerabek, president of the company. “A lot of men are not used to being nurturing, expressing their emotions, and letting someone else take charge. They grew up with the idea that their role is to make money, to support their family’s practical needs, and most importantly, to keep whatever they were feeling, with the exception of anger, inside. A ’real‘ man is not supposed to cry. Sadly, the impact of these views has been destructive - to the men who live by them, their wives, and their sons. The good news is, for more than half of our sample, these are views that are changing, and many of the men want to pass these lessons down to their sons in turn.”

Men who wish to take the Gender Roles Test can go to:
http://www.queendom.com/tests/take_test.php?idRegTest=2433.

A version for women is available here: http://www.queendom.com/tests/take_test.php?idRegTest=2434

About Queendom.com
Queendom.com is a subsidiary of PsychTests AIM Inc. Queendom.com is a site that creates an interactive venue for self-exploration with a healthy dose of fun. The site offers a full range of professional-quality, scientifically-validated psychological assessments that empower people to grow and reach their real potential through insightful feedback and detailed, custom-tailored analysis.

About PsychTests AIM Inc:
PsychTests AIM Inc. originally appeared on the internet scene in 1996. Since its inception, it has become a pre-eminent provider of psychological assessment products and services to human resource personnel, therapists, academics, researchers and a host of other professionals around the world. PsychTests AIM Inc. staff is comprised of a dedicated team of psychologists, test developers, researchers, statisticians, writers, and artificial intelligence experts (see ARCHProfile.com). The company’s research division, Plumeus Inc., is supported in part by Research and Development Tax Credit awarded by Industry Canada.

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