[LMB] OT: Gender Roles

Matthew George matt.msg at gmail.com
Thu Sep 23 21:31:38 BST 2021

On Thu, Sep 23, 2021 at 2:54 PM brazee <howard at brazee.net> wrote:

> Much of the time when men take on “female” roles, there is an excuse that
> they are doing so in a manly way.   Cooking is an example of this.

High-status cooking, namely being a chef, has always been male-associated.
It's the routine jobs that must constantly be redone - cooking to provide
fuel, cleaning, general maintenance of the necessities of living - that
have been assigned to women.  When the role rises above drudgery, it
becomes male.

> Men were able to get into nursing again after there were lots of drafted
> men from the military who were nurses.    The military also got men to wear
> wrist watches which were women’s jewelry before WWI.

It's now economic pressures and rewards that result in any substantial
number of men being nurses.  When people are allowed and actually able to
seek out the employment they prefer, they tend to fall into gender
categories.  Nursing, which involves interacting and caring for people in
an intimate way, is overwhelmingly female.  The "Scandinavian Paradox"
raises its head yet again...

Matt G.

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