Feminism is not about hating men or feeling superior to them. For most women, it is about feeling comfortable in your own skin, whether you are a CEO or stay-at-home mom.
Montreal, Canada (PRWEB) March 07, 2015
The evolution of women’s roles is defined by duality: Gatherer and goddess, fragile and strong, easily tempted and temptress, second-class citizen and world leader. Women have come a long way since the first Women’s Day in the United States in 1909, and as data collected by Queendom.com from their Gender Roles Test for Women reveals, even if some traditional gender role beliefs remain, modern women are no longer afraid to take a leading role at work, at home, and in the world.
Collecting data from 1,620 women of different ages, researchers asked thought-provoking and potentially controversial questions that their female sample boldly answered.
When asked whether women are equally suited for traditionally male jobs, most agreed - with a few exceptions:
- Doctor: 85% believe that men and women are equally suitable
- Judge: 84%
- Research Scientist: 83%
- Professor: 81%
- Police Detective: 79%
- CEO of a company: 75%
- Carpenter: 38%
- Prison Guard: 37%
When it comes to modern gender roles:
- 91% believe that both men and women can initiate sex in a relationship.
- 85% believe that a daughter should be encouraged to reach for any goal she is interested in, even if it is stereotypically male.
- 81% would still pursue their career dreams even if they differed from the gender norm (e.g. firefighter, pilot, race car driver, etc.)
- 75% agree that choosing not to get married or have children does not make them less of a woman.
- 70% think it is okay for a woman to ask a man out on a date.
- 65% believe that women should be able to propose to a man.
- 53% believe that both girls and boys should learn domestic skills.
- 47% would not mind if their son was interested in stereotypically female activities like playing with dolls or dancing.
- 45% would end a relationship with a man who expected them to do most of the housework.
- 37% want their son to be comfortable with his emotions, and believe that boys should not be chastised for crying.
When it comes to old gender stereotypes:
- Only 6% still believe that the important decision-makers in a company should be male.
- 8% believe that little girls should be discouraged from being too tomboyish.
- 9% believe that men are better suited to management positions.
- 10% believe that men should control the finances in a relationship.
- 12% think that women should not work outside the home when there are children to raise.
- 13% do not like the idea of making more money than their partner.
- 13% think that women who are sexually assertive are likely to be promiscuous.
- 14% believe that women should have fewer sexual partners than men.
- 22% said that they make choices (what to wear, how to act, etc.) based on what is most feminine.
- 22% believe that women should stick to “feminine” chores like cooking and cleaning, while men should take care of “masculine” chores like mowing the lawn and household repairs.
- 28% think that they should play hard-to-get in a relationship.
- 35% like the idea of being taken care of financially by a man.
- 59% believe that men should be chivalrous.
“In the last year, there has been a significant feminism backlash. An anti-feminist movement has taken hold of social media, with young women posting reasons why they do not believe in or need modern feminism,” explains Dr. Jerabek, president of PsychTests, the company that runs Queendom.com. “Understandably, the response from other women, and men, has been mixed.”
“I think what we can take away from this new movement and our study is that there are different degrees of feminism. Some women do not want marriage and children; some women like being swept off their feet and being taken care of by a man. There is nothing wrong with either of these scenarios. Feminism is not about hating men or feeling superior to them. For most women, it is about feeling comfortable in your own skin, whether you are the CEO of a major company or a happy stay-at-home mom. It is about treating women with respect and striving for equality and fairness, not pitting genders against each other. International Women’s Day is about celebrating women’s accomplishments and taking pride in who we are. We should not lose sight of the fact that we have come a very long way. Our suffragette ancestors would be proud.”
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