Here in America, back in the 1950’s many of us watched a tv series called Father Knows Best. It was about a ‘wholesome’ white middle class family. And it kept true to its title. The dad was portrayed as a kind, compassionate man to everyone, but everyone kept pretty much within their gender roles. But most of us, over time began to notice that father doesn’t know best.
We have all heard ad nauseum the expressions for being strong, like man-up. Take it like a man. Don’t be a girl. (I’m sparing you the really offensive words here.) They have been used by all genders. And most people laugh and shrug it off. But if this perspective continues, things will not look good for humanity. They aren’t looking great right now. So what will save mankind? Certainly not becoming bigger, stronger, more powerful, more stoic, or more intelligent. Certainly not being even more mentally focused.
Author’s note: I ran across this older post that I never published. So I updated it a bit, and here it is.