BAT­TLE OF THE SEXES

DRUM - - Health -

It seems peo­ple are not as ready for changes in gen­der roles as they might think.

A study from the Univer­sity of Illi­nois in the US found that both men and women were un­happy with cer­tain swops in con­ven­tional gen­der roles. Men were hap­pi­est when they were the main providers for the fam­ily – no sur­prise there. But women who were the main bread­win­ners were not – they ex­pe­ri­enced more symp­toms of de­pres­sion. Also, women were happy to leave their jobs to be­come stay-at-home par­ents, but men were not. The re­searchers con­cluded that although ed­u­ca­tion and ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties have changed for women over the past few decades, so­ci­ety’s ex­pec­ta­tions about what both sexes should be do­ing seem to be mov­ing a lot slower. So it seems we’re not so mod­ern af­ter all.

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