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Playing by the “roles” causes gender gap

For every 100 women who earn a bachelor’s degree, only 73 men earn one. As fewer men graduate from college and more and more enter the work force the gender gap increases. HUNTER PARAMORE | Scroll Illustration

Feminism, the f-word we love to love and love to hate, has become a cliche. Women should have equal rights, duh. These days we are pants-wearing, bacon-bringing machines. Although this role reversal is a sign of progression, its results are not ideal.
While women are out and about kicking trash and taking names, men are falling behind in school and more and more women are opting for a career outside the home.
The stay-at-home dad used to be fuel for country songs and rom-coms. It used to be funny to watch Dad rewind Barney for the 18th time and Mom do it all in high heels.
However, as the gender gap grows, the ser woman is becoming a reality.
Unfortunately, it is tough to make ccakes and vacuum while climbing the corporate ladder.
More and more American women are opting for a career outside the home, and it is changing our culture.
“If you thought today’s ‘hook’ culture was run by young Testosterone-charged men who [don’t want] commitment, think again,” wrote Hannah Rosin for the New York Times. “These women have ‘hearts of steel,’ and the hook culture gives them [benefits] without getting in the way of career building.”
What is going on here? Women are craving independence and power, and men have had no option but to assume a less-dominant role.
How many women like chivalrous men? How many women roll their eyes when a guy opens their door?
You can’t hold out for a hero while using those boots to walk all over him. In our quest for equality, we have bullied men into terror and we are learning that we can’t have it all.
Mom works full time, opens her own doors, bakes her own bread and micromanages her kids and no one is happy, least of all her. How has this happened?
According to the Deseret News, the college graduation rate is 50.1 percent for males and 56.4 percent for females.
It starts early on the classroom. It’s cool for a boy to be smart; but it is cooler to be funny, and that attitude carries on.
Did you know boys get the majority of D’s and F’s in most schools? How about that 90 percent of discipline problems in public schools are caused by boys and 80 percent of all high school dropoutd are boys?
For every 100 women who earn a bachelor’s degree, only 73 men earn one. This chasm is not making anyone happy.
In August 2012, Anne-Marie Slaughter, a contributor for The Atlantic, wrote “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All.”
In the article, she details her descent from corporate dominance. “When people asked why I had left government, I explained that I’d come home … because of my desire to be with my family and my conclusion that juggling high-level government work with the needs of two teenage boys was not possible.”
Slaughter mentions how she had always scoffed at less dedicated women “taking time off for their families” and trading their occational footing in for maternal instincts.
Maybe women can do it all, but they shouldn’t have to, and they don’t want to. The battle of the sexes needs to end before the gender gap expands even more.
When feminism started picking steam in the ‘60s, a certain radical image was attached to it. 50 years later, however, we should be more open to a less drastic definition and let men in on the game. We don’t need to push each other down to be successful.
With our divine understanding of the roles of women and men we should play by the “roles.”

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