Can China to­day ac­cept male nurses?

China Daily - - COMMENT -

RE­PORTS SHOW THAT in­creas­ingly more men are work­ing in jobs that used to be re­garded as those for women. China Youth Daily com­ments:

Jobs such as be­ing a nurse, a mem­ber of the air­craft cabin crew or a kinder­garten teacher were gen­er­ally con­sid­ered “women’s work”. Be­ing a nurse was even con­sid­ered strictly women only. How­ever, that is no longer the case.

Over the past sev­eral years, in­creas­ingly more men have been em­ployed for such jobs, al­though their to­tal per­cent­age is still rather low. Ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cial data, more than 80 per­cent of pri­mary school teach­ers in Bei­jing and Shang­hai are fe­male. In coastal prov­inces such as Zhe­jiang, only 10 per­cent of newly re­cruited pri­mary school teach­ers are male.

The main cause of such an im­bal­ance has its roots in tra­di­tional cul­ture, in which men had priv­i­leged po­si­tions. There­fore, to break this gen­der im­bal­ance, it is necessary to change the old think­ing first. In some sense, the more mod­ern­ized a so­ci­ety is, the more jobs will be open to both men and women.

For­tu­nately, now the trend is rather pos­i­tive in me­trop­o­lises such as Bei­jing and Shang­hai. The per­cent­age of male teach­ers in kinder­gartens and pri­mary schools is still low, but it is grow­ing. Hope­fully, so­ci­ety de­vel­ops a more tol­er­ant at­ti­tude and jobs stop be­ing viewed as gen­der spe­cific. This will help both men and women free them­selves from the shack­les of gen­der prej­u­dice.

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