Our patriarchal society expects us to be demure and ‘ladylike’, this often encompasses attributes like laughing softly and ‘knowing when and where to speak’. On a day-to-day basis a woman today is expected to work and provide for the family because, well it is progress isn’t it. Most women today are conflicted between societal expectations and individualistic needs. Which only makes life tougher for a 21st century woman.
Yes, we have the voting right but is our society cultured enough to give all that is ours?
The number working wives and mothers have increased over the decades because of the need to make more money. This certainly is not the ideal patriarchal method of leading a life, an ideal scenario will be the man of house making the money, the wife staying at home maintaining the household and raising perfect children. So, as this had been the practice for centuries our men have it instilled in them that women are supposed to do the cooking, cleaning and caring for the children.
How is this fair to the women who work and provide for the family substantially if not equally?
Especially when a woman is expected to work, get home clean the house, prepare dinner, care for the children and of course in many case be the caring wife.
I am not condemning the entire male population of this ignorance but certainly most of them have learned from the previous generation that a woman’s place is in the house. The fact that women today do work and have great careers has not exactly changed this mind-set which is rather prominent in Asian cultures (personally I’m not very sure about the western world).