Thursday, October 2, 2008
So, we had a lively, if somewhat erratic, first discussion about American gender, and gender expectations, on Wednesday. Thank you all for your contributions! I think our discussion of whether young men could envision themselves as, in the future, "stay-at-home dads" really set some of the deeply entrenched American attitudes about gender roles into stark relief. We briefly landed upon the issues of ideal physical appearance for men and women, "sexism"in general, men and women in politics, and societal expectations for the roles of men and women in "American culture." What specific issue that falls beneath the larger heading "Gender Relations and Expectations in America Today," is of the greatest concern, or is the most interesting, to you? Why? I am anxious to read your ideas!