This is an open letter to the entity responsible for creating the social norms that members of our community abide by.
I do not mean to question your judgement. I am quite aware you’ve been doing this job much longer than the combined lifespans of my ancestors. However, it has come to my attention that some of the decrees you’ve established are quite out of date with regard to the modern age, especially the notion that gender roles play a huge role in how people should ideally act.
I’d rather the whole concept of having gender-dependent roles be eradicated completely because it limits the potential of individuals in achieving what they ideally can. However, I doubt that’s going to happen anytime soon. Respectable legislator, hear me out first before flinging your wrath at me.
Sure, these laws may have worked during an older time, but right now, with everything the human race has been through, it knows a lot beter than to create societies that dictate roles.
The only end result I see coming from these rules is people resenting the opposite gender when the effects of these roles start to wear them out. I don’t think the opposite gender is to blame; it’s ignorance that’s the culprit. We’ve grown accustomed to rules that a lot of people seldom question; some define the logic behind these rules as per their own convenience and self-entitlement.
Since it’s 2017, I think it’s high time we updated these so called gender roles and start respecting individual freedom. Here are just a few of those that I believe should have already been abolished by now since they are kind of illogical and outdated. And since this is an open letter, anyone who reads this may add his or her opinions, in case I’ve missed some notions:
Men are born leaders and are considered bread winners; if a woman somehow outranks him then he is no true man. With that, men should always act in an alpha manner wherein they need to assert their dominance in every situation.
Men have every right to keep their women in line since they are the dominant gender. In line with that, the more women a man sleeps with, the more admired he should be.
Men must ALWAYS make the first move when courting a woman.
Men must appear strong at all times. Bulging muscles and six pack abs are what define an ideal man.
Men cannot express any emotion whatsoever apart from manly anger. Crying is equivalent to losing one’s manhood.
Men must be knowledgeable with everything ranging from car mechanics to directions. If they end up asking for help, men should feel a sense of shame because real men don’t ask for help.
Men’s interests should include the following: sports, cars, fights, and boobs.
Every man should drink alcohol.
Men, who like to take care of their appearance, should be frowned upon.
The ideal image of a good woman is one who stays at home and cooks for the family.
The basis for a woman’s success is the amount of children she provides.
It’s the woman’s responsibility to take care of the children. With that, women who do not want children should be frowned upon.
Women are only second in command to men. Under no circumstance should they appear stronger than the man.
Women must earn less than men; if a woman earns more than her man, the man must feel disgraced.
Women cannot make the first move when meeting men because it makes them look desperate and inadequate.
Women’s interests should include the following: shopping, cooking, gossip and fashion.
The attractiveness of women is determined only by the standards of men; hence, women need to make an effort to base their looks on photoshopped photos in magazines to reach an acceptable standard.
Women have every right to embarrass, hit, and scold men in public for any reason whatsoever.
I hope we could come to an agreement soon. By 2017, we could begin to eliminate gender stereotypes so as to create better and equal opportunities for the human race. I believe this could be a significant step ahead for our society. Thank you very much for your time and have a happy new year.