Let’s Skip The Traditional Gender Roles
Today’s episode is our first interview about gender roles.
I recently read an article by the science fiction writer David J. Schwartz called Masculinity Is An Anxiety Disorder. It lays out a compelling argument that the elements of masculinity that we men are expected to live up to in Western society are unattainable, and in many cases self-contradictory. Yet we all hold ourselves to this unattainable standard, thereby setting ourselves up for failure.
Of course this goes for women as well. Gender is without question one of the most unexamined and yet prevalent boxes that we all stuff ourselves into. To whatever degree you believe our genitals influence our gender roles, the truth remains that the sheer plethora of behaviors we associate with gender are, to some extent, completely subjective.
Our guests this week, Maia and Travis, allow us to take a gentle look at the issue of gender. These two have a marriage that follows a fairly nontraditional structure, but it’s nothing that you haven’t heard of before. What’s instructive about these two is the ease with which they each take on their nontraditional roles in the family. Moreover, the genuine happiness and satisfaction they get from knowing they’ve chosen their roles based on their own desires is something we can all learn from.
If you’d like to learn more about Maia and Travis, you can check out their website: Bitteshop. That’s their online children’s store focusing on sustainability and small-batch artisanal brands. Maia’s very well-known Pinterest profile is also worth checking out.
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