A blog called "Stuff White People Like" once took the internet by storm, but I doubt even it would have had an entry about egalitarian gender roles. Apparently, white people love to change up gender roles, but minorities aren't as high on switching things up. Since more and more minorities comprise millennials, that means that the traditional view of gender roles is changing and not in the ways you might have figured based on television, books, and magazines.
Sociologists W. Bradford Wilcox and Samuel Sturgeon explain the numbers behind the trend:
In 1980, only 7 percent of young adults ages 18 to 25 were Hispanic; today, 22 percent are. … Here, Hispanic families’ long-standing embrace of male breadwinning and female homemaking stands in tension with American progressivism’s commitment to gender equality in the home. Likewise, younger African Americans hold relatively more traditional gender attitudes than do white millennials.
New research explains what this ever-changing demographic might mean for traditional gender roles, and the results might be unsettling for leftists who are trying to shove political correctness down our throats. "From the 1970s to the 1990s, as baby boomers and Xers came of age, a growing share of young adults ages 18 to 25 rejected the view that it is 'much better for everyone involved if the man is the achiever outside the home and the woman takes care of the home and family,'" Wilcox and Sturgeon write. "But since the mid-1990s, support for this traditional view has surprisingly climbed among young men and women."
Also, they describe a change in views toward feminism. In the 1970s, they described the movement as a "do-what-we-tell-you feminism," because it insisted that "moms combining full-time work and family life." Guess what? Millennials aren't digging that either. They write:
Choice feminism allowed women to invest heavily in their children, juggle work and family responsibilities, and maintain a sense of feminist self-respect. It stands to reason that, in the spirit of this choice feminism, many young adults support an ethic of equal opportunity for women in the public sphere, even as they embrace an ethic of gender specialization in the private sphere.
Apparently, all of the social engineering in the world can't change biology.
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