You're probably wondering what on earth has come over me, posting two days in a row!? Well, I am off work today, so I have some time to dedicate to blogging. :)
Today I will write about gender roles, which is a fascination of mine. Although we have a long way to go in terms of achieving gender equality, it is slightly easier to be a woman today. We are free to make our own choices when it comes to family life and career, but it's not as easy as it sounds.
It seems to me that we are more confused than ever about our place in society. Today, we are no longer expected to be housewives when we get married, and we can choose if we want to stay at home or pursue a career when we start a family. The question is, do we end up choosing what we really want, or do we still let society dictate to us what we should do? The expectations may not always be gender oriented, but they are almost always driven by consumerism. We want the house, the cars, holidays, clothes. We want it all, but can we really have it?
A woman's enemy is not just the patriarchal society that we are still living in, it's consumerism, it's the woman herself! Not only do we have a pressure from society, *we* put a pressure on ourselves. I feel that today women expect themselves to be some kind of a "superhero"; a mother, a career woman, a lover, a social butterfly, all at once. I see women every day, who are so stressed out while trying to pursue EVERYTHING that they end up getting burnt out. What do we really want? What do we really need? Do we even know that?
I watch a lot of old TV shows and movies and often gasp in disbelief at the way women were treated back in the day. A particular favourite is a TV show from the 50's called "I love Lucy", about a housewife and her sweet, but misogynistic husband, who works in the entertainment business. Even though I find the show funny and cute, I often feel disturbed by the apparent sexism. For instance, there is a scene where Lucy disobeys her husband and he punishes her by throwing her over his knees and giving her a spanking! It may sound funny and many of you are probably having naughty thoughts right now, but there was a time when wife beating was considered OK. This was an era when women were depicted as childish, weak, jealous, emotionally unstable and needy. Although I love certain things about the past and find this current era quite complicated, I wouldn't want to have lived before any bras were burnt!
...And to make fun of myself and my nostalgic approach to the past, I took some photos that inspired this post.