Patriarchal societies are interesting when you consider the nitty gritty elements of gender roles and the things we find acceptable for both men and women.
There are things in North American society that we deem to be acceptable for men but unacceptable for women even though men and women aren’t really that different. Nevertheless, North American society is becoming more tolerant and progressive as time goes on, so maybe the things we consider weird right now won’t be so weird in a decade or two.
And even though society may not be progressing in a way that is beneficial to certain individuals it is important to remember that there are individual people who live progressively and are making strides and efforts to be more inclusive and knock down double standards. On the AskReddit board a user posted a thread posing the question of ‘What can men get away with that women can’t?’ The responses were pretty astounding and the thread was filled with a variety of stories and opinions on the differences of expectations between men and women.
1. “As a man if I’m lazy I’ll just roll out of bed in gym shorts and the same shirt I wore to sleep, grab my keys, wallet and go right to my car and run errands. But most girls I know would be mortified if they did that and can’t even imagine doing that at all. There’s so much pressure on women to look pretty all the time.” (HarrysonTubman)
2.“Wearing the same clothes as a woman isn’t entirely looked down upon but it is a lot harder. Guys get to have 5 shirts and 2 pants and that’s enough clothing for a month. No one even notices if they wear the same thing over and over again, but for women it’s different. You get comments like ‘didn’t you wear that sweater yesterday’ even if it was last week or something.” (Darkmetroidz)
3. “My boyfriend loves going to the pub and chatting the way with older men. He can talk to them so easily and it’s not viewed as weird or inappropriate. Unfortunately there’s never a public room full of tipsy older women that I could casually chat with about anything and everything.” (RageStreak)
4. “Men often go to bars and just sit alone to drink. It’s showcased in the media via TV shows, movies, or books but you hardly ever see with women. I haven’t seen it much and as a woman, I’m doing it right now and getting stares from all the other men and groups of friends in this place.” (MegiLeigh14)
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