Women seem to be moving into fields that used to be either completely or nearly completely the domains of men. Sports, professions, societal roles, you name it.
But are there things that used to be predominantly the territory of women that men are now moving into?
I don’t count cooking, since the role of male chefs and short order cooks has been around a long time – maybe forever.
Nor do I count hair dressing and interior decorating where the female dominance is really not all that pronounced: there seem to be about as many of one gender as the other in those and similar fields.
Musicians, artists, authors, poets, along with most of the arts’ practitioners have been fairly evenly represented by both sexes, even though there are probably some specific areas where one gender is more represented than the other.
I’m trying to think of some field that used to be almost exclusively the Woman’s World but nowadays has a significant number of male participants, even outstanding or dominant ones.
Computer programming and operating, sort of. During the second World War, the computers and calculators used by the military were largely staffed by female officers and enlisted personnel, because they were ineligible for combat duty.
I wouldn’t call IT male dominated now; most shops I’ve worked in have been pretty well mixed, yet the classic image of a computer programmer does seem to be male.
What about waitstaff at diners and mid-end table service restaurants?
Used to be years ago, at a fast food restaurant, men generally worked in the kitchen, while women were at the register. Now things are mixed, and a man may be just as likely to take your order as a woman.
A couple of others: flight attendants and erotic dancers. Not dominated, maybe, but breaking in.
Given the current environment in the US, I don’t think you’ll see men breaking into child care, day care or nanny-type fields for a long, long time. Men making further inroads into elementary education also seems to be put on hold for now.
Thanks for the help, saoirse. You’re right. It just seems to me that whatever gender-boundary-crossing is being done these days, it’s the women crossing into Male fields that get the notice. Enough so that whatever invasion men are doing into Female Territory either isn’t getting much press, or else they’re too quiet about it.
My basic assumption in this thread is that there must be some of it going on. It’s just escaping my notice.
Sorry I came off as snippy! Anyhoo, in contrast to elmwood, I’d say there are more child care providers and nannies who are male than in the past, though they certainly don’t dominate. And certainly more male-female couples who choose for the man to care for their children in the home.
Yes, the notion of “househusband” is not all that new. A buddy of mine accepted that role while his more upwardly mobile wife went for the bacon bringing role. It worked great for them since he had never held a decent job for much longer than a month. Work just wasn’t his bag. But he was good with their four kids and it gave him time to devote to his hobbies (including gunsmithing) while he took care of the housework. Sad to say, they’re now divorced and he became a hermit. As I say, work’s not his bag.