Since the beginning of mankind there has been very two distinct roles for human beings. Women had the role of childbearing, care givers, keeping house, cook and sometimes educator. During the hunter gatherer time period men were the main providers of food. They would catch and kill wild game and teach their children what plants and wildlife was safe to eat. Around 1.8 million years ago this was the way societies were run. For hundreds of thousands of years, this worked, until technological advancements made it capable to build dams and wells to keep running water a vital component to survival. With the ability to navigate and steer the flow of water, it was made possible to build towns, cities, economic systems in place where you can buy and trade goods. I know you’re like thanks for the brief history lesson,but where is this going?
My point is once we became able to build up civilizations and left our hunter gatherer ways for the industrial age that’s when the gender roles started to unravel. Men no longer expected to hunt for food and teach their young. You had supermarkets and schools for that. Women started advancing in the workplace steadily after the World Wars. Recently, we’ve had more acceptance with gay rights in American society, which is a good thing. I wonder though, that the trade-off for the heterosexual male to accept women and gays in modern society is to slowly chip away at the idea of the alpha male and make it obsolete. Let me explain
During the hunter-gatherer time you were regarded as a man when you able to become the protector of the family and feed them as well. Today, in modern society you are considered a man when you move out on your own, pay your bills and have a job with a livable wage. The issue with this, is there are less and fewer jobs that can provide sufficient income. Fewer men are moving out on their own in their twenties and postponing this right to passage until their 30’s and sometimes 40’s. It’s also not cool to have facial hair or any excessive amount of hair on a man. Men need to be clean-cut a shave to make it in today’s business world. The only time you see a man wearing a beard is usually in a movie when the main character has “let himself go”. They’re usually getting over a drunken night and in some ratty apartment. Somewhere between the neanderthal and the modern age man, facial hair became taboo.
The job market has changed significantly over the last couple of hundred years. During the early stages of America, men would usually handle the construction work, police work, firemen and other hard labor. Today, a good job is behind a cubicle or in staff meetings eight hours a day. The participation rate of men 25 to 54 is 97.7% in the workforce. In rate steadily dropped to a record low of 88.4% in 2012. Median wages earned by American men between the ages of 30 and 50 dropped by 27% after accounting for inflation.
Males account for 70% of all D’s and F’s in public schools, while also spending an average of 13 hours a week on video games adding up to over 10,000 hours of video games by age 21. Also, SAT scores have been the lowest ever in 40 years for young men and only 43% of men are enrolled in college. I just feel like the alpha males have become rejects of society and the dominant accept type of males are usually the nerdy, non-athletic, metro-sexuals. They’re usually non-violent and non-threatening and thirty to forty years ago they would be outcasts.
In hip hop, there is no escape from society’s pressure on change on males to become more andr0gynuous. More artists are wearing skirts, skinny jeans that looks like it could cut off circulation anywhere in your leg. Rappers like Kanye West, Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz and Diddy have all been seen wearing a skirt and other women’s clothing. Not to mention that Lil Wayne and Birdman have been seen kissing on a few occasions, but still hold onto the notion that they are completely straight. I don’t get it. To add onto that an aspiring artist name Young Thug reportedly called Birdman his lover on instagram and wears dresses and paints his finger nails.
Women 35 to 39 years old are 6.4 times more likely to keep their husbands last name. It seems women who are younger than 35 are most likely to keep their own name.
It seems that the beer drinking, physically strong, vocal males have been watered down and no longer have a voice. Even the action movies are steering towards picking actors that are not the traditional tough guy. Shia Lebouf was in 3 Transformers movies and he’s not the ideal action hero you think of saving the day along with mountain sized machines. Shows like Scorpion on CBS, The Mentalist, Person of Interest and others shows that highlight the intellectually gifted over the brawn muscles and high sense of morality that often clashes with protocol.
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