If you think women have changed in the past 100 years wait till you hear about guys! It’s been a long and bumpy ride for men as well, and I’m not talking about style here as fashion hasn’t been exactly kind to both men and women, making them wear weird, heavy, and sometimes bizarre stuff. Apart from outer changes there have been a number of inner transformations that put modern guys in a unique position – they are no longer denied their feminine side and the need to supress emotions is also fading away. The roles men and women play become vague and now it’s more about personality than gender. So, here are 8 ways men have changed over the last 100 years.
Men can go on a maternity leave and it’s okay
According to statistics, around 2.2 billion men went on maternity leave in 2010 in the U.S. alone! Being around your child during the first months is just as important for dads as it is for moms, not to mention the baby itself. If a father is actively involved with the child during the first 8 months, in the future the baby will deal with stress better and will be less likely to develop ADHD. Boys that aren’t devoid of father’s love in their childhood grow up to be more empathetic and less egoistic, while girls tend to be more active.
Men don’t have to provide for the family anymore
Lines have blurred and nowadays just as many women support their families as men do. There are even cases when a father doesn’t work and it’s the mother that plays the role of a ‘breadwinner’. In most cases parents share the responsibilities equally.
The code of honour is gone
Knights, brotherhoods, scouts – all these things are having close to no impact on modern men, leaving them with no rules to follow, free to decide what’s good and bad, shameful or not, for themselves. On one hand it’s a good thing as men are experiencing less pressure in their lives, but on the other hand important notions like honour are withering away. The dishonourable act is harder to spot as there is no public shaming and basically men can do anything they want without the fear of being shamed by society (which isn’t always a bad thing actually).
Men are acknowledging their feelings
For the first time in centuries men can be open about their feelings without the fear to be pegged weak or too feminine. It is still tough for guys to talk about their feelings, but more and more men are opening up about what they actually feel. This helps them build stronger bonds with their partners and healthier relationships in general.
Men have become physically weaker
In the last 100 years guys have become 4 inches taller, but at the same time they’ve lost some strength. Modern lifestyle simply doesn’t demand men to be as strong as during the days of knighthood and hunting for food are long behind. There are also plenty of cool new gadgets, tools, and machines to help guys do their more masculine jobs.
Gentlemen are no more
The norms and rules of society have certainly changed, which means the way of a gentleman is extremely outdated in most cases. Opening doors for women and helping them with heavy luggage might still be welcome sometimes, but lately men have been avoiding such gestures as women may find them offensive (as if they’re not capable of doing such simple things themselves). It is also okay to talk about their previous love interests and relationships – they don’t have to ‘protect the woman’s reputation’ anymore as nowadays everyone talks about everything, even on social media!
Sharing house duties is not shameful anymore
In fact, couples that have strict agreements on who does what at home have lower divorce rate and have better relationships in general. Of course, not all guys like to spend time in the kitchen, but sharing chores is considered normal and not something to be ashamed of.
Men start treating women like equals
Okay, not all guys have come to a point where they treat women like equals, but we are all heading that way (hopefully). It’s been talked about and it’s on everyone’s mind – starting from the roles, chores, and responsibilities we take inside a relationship and ending with equal salaries and job opportunities. It is still tough for women, but there is a shift in people’s minds and it’s becoming bigger with each passing day.