To state the obvious, the feminist revolution was about enabling women to choose for themselves what role they wanted to play in society. To state the less obvious, it enabled men to do the same. When we look at the way we used to organise ourselves, it’s common to focus on the subjugation of women into domestic roles. It’s less common to acknowledge that men were subject to their own restrictions. If we’d been living in the 50s, my girlfriend would probably have had a few babies by now, and she’d have been stuck at home looking after them instead of pursuing her own music career. I, on the other hand, would be stuck in some 9 to 5 job in order to support not only the children but her as well, and I wouldn’t have had the option of either my financially underwhelming career as a jazz musician or my recent reinvention as a law student. (Unless I’d stayed single, that is, but I would have been subject to a lot of pressure to settle down).
I must admit that is a good post which struck a chord. Its not political, it is cultural. My dad was an old leftist that was stuck in the old fashioned Married with Children life, and he hated it.
I’m drifting around not really doing a lot with my life- I can’t find direction. But I don’t want direction forced upon me by the expectations of society; for me, a wife and kids would be eternal misery.
I really like being free to be myself, and I’m willing to acknowlege feminists deserve credit for this. Indeed, you could argue that men like me are the biggest winners of all out of the feminist revolution.