These days, more and more men tend to switch from their traditional gender roles to the non-traditional ones for different reasons. For some of them, it’s a reasonable choice, while others have to do that according to their life circumstances and specific conditions. To get a deeper understanding of this controversial subject, this paper is focused on the stories of a few men who break out of their gender roles and stereotypes that exist in the modern society. Basically, non-traditional roles for men exist in different areas, including their personal and professional lives.
The examples of these men show how they avoid the boundaries and limits of people’s traditional thinking. Their basic purpose is trying to improve them and find their own ways in this life, so it’s possible to call these men as pioneers in the quality movement of males. Here, some of these pioneers will be introduced to the audience, but their real names are changed for privacy purposes.
The first one is called Arnold who decided to become a househusband a few years ago. Now, he is raising his 2 kids and has other interesting responsibilities, such as care giving and household tasks, maintaining the right balance of his home environment and allowing his wife to work. The second man discussed in this paper is called Dale and he is a receptionist for his female dentist boss. The other man is called Howie is he works as a nanny, so his main responsibilities include maintaining all kinds of day care activities for children of different ages, from toddlers to school-aged kids in their reliable after-school programs.
All of these men feel that they are faced with a lot of adversity in achieving their current levels of functioning in the modern society. They also claim that they are subject to illusions, harassment, and overall disgust of other people only because of their positions in the society. That’s why these men admit that they are ready to give up and switch to more traditional male roles.
For instance, Arnold claims that when he got married, he agreed to stay at home and take care of children, but he started to lose his friends because of that. He also says that the lack of the necessary male companionship has certain negative effects on him, so he start having specific issues with his self-confidence and this problem almost made him resent his wife and kids in the near past.
These days, more and more men tend to switch from their traditional gender roles to the non-traditional ones for different reasons. For some of them, it’s a reasonable choice, while others have to do that according to their life circumstances and specific conditions.