Changing Gender Roles - The Battle of the Sexes Continues Essay

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It is the war of all wars. It’s lasted longer than all the ancient wars, the world wars, and the civil wars of all nations put together. The battle lines have been clearly drawn and the two sides have never rested while on the battlefield. It is the famed “battle of the sexes” and it is anything but resolved. The war has been happening for a long time, but now it seems to have hit a point where the world wonders what to do now. This is due to the current changes in gender roles which are manipulating society and changing relationships. These changes are both negative and positive; many advances have been made with women finding equality with men, but have traditional values been underestimated? It is a highly controversial and …show more content…
Women are thought to have the more passive role of waiting to be asked on a date and being less likely to initiate physical activity, if at all.

In the last one hundred years, society has been changing its views and ideas on the place of women in society. Though this has been viewed negatively by some and positively by others, the fact remains that many women have traded in their traditional roles for careers. However, this transformation has also lead to changes in the relationships between men and women. In Coping with Changing Roles for Young Men and Women, author Jessica Hanan states, “People now have more freedom to make choices for themselves and how they want to live their lives. Sometimes these choices can be confusing” (5). This quote could be taken as an understatement. As women have emerged into male-dominated parts of society, they have pushed men out. Now there are no real rules to dating as the ideas of old fashioned courtship have long been forgotten. As discussed later in the paper, even the idea of dating has lost its place on college campuses as students lean toward the idea of “hooking up,” instead of going out on dates. These changes are affecting men and women today and there are three approaches which address the topic of gender roles and relationships: the educated approach, the traditional religious application approach, and modern advice and analysis approach. Groups of writers within the approaches take

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