Last month the website Madame Noire posted a list of the “7 Manly Things We Wish Men Still Did.” I don’t recommend clicking over there, because they do that super annoying website thing where each item on the list is put on a different page and there’s a pop-up audio play ad running. So here’s the list:
- Move Out of Their Mothers’ Houses
- Insist on Paying the Bill
- Dialing Our Number (as opposed to texting)
- Hold the Door Open for a Stranger
- Keep Us Warm (give a lady your jacket)
- Help Us with Our Bags
- Have a Signature Aftershave
What’s interesting, is that over the years people have sent us several iterations of this kind of article, but we’ve yet to see a list by men of things they wish women still did. Because of course, writing such a list would get you clobbered over the head with charges of sexism. This double-standard generally extends to all articles about the sexes these days–it is generally okay to complain about the deficiencies of men, but never women. One cannot imagine an article entitled “The End of Women” or “Where Have All the Good Women Gone?”
Whenever you read an article like this, in the comments there are always complaints that women want to have it both ways–to be equal and independent and be treated with chivalry. And some guy always says something like, “Well I’ll go back to doing some of these old fashioned things for women, when women start bringing back some old fashioned things too.”
So a few points for discussion:
-Are there old fashioned things that you wish women still did?
-Or do you think that neither men nor women should be expected to do any old fashioned things?
-Or do you think that men should have to still do old fashioned things, but not women?
Hat tip to Darren for this link.