In this category of "Developed Countries", we started off with a Basic Timeline to introduce and explain events which had impacted male and female dynamics throughout history. What we have found out is that patriarchy has been in dominance until Feminism and Modernisation arrived. Both altered history and gave our new century opportunities to explore men's and women's changing social roles. After which, in Modern Civilisation- Roles of Men and Women Respectively, we explored for ourselves the differences between sex and gender and, the various stereotypes that we have inherited from time.
Introduction of Feminism and Introduction of Men's Movement were given as background readings to allow readers to better understand the articles written and to have an idea of what has been going on at both sides of the table. Effort of Feminism was included to highlight the significant impact that it had on mankind. Men's Perspective was provided to show the struggles of men as well.
In Science and Technology, we showed the relationship between itself and our modern society that it is a possible road to a more egalitarian society. Through different aspects of life - In Politics and, In the Workplace and At Home, we realized that men and women have different struggles which need to be addressed. Some could be improved through governmental policies while others require a change in social mindset of the people.
Lastly, in The Arts, we introduced some of the significant or contemporary works done that reflect what individuals feel about this age-old struggle.
It is clear that the age-old struggle has not ended. In fact, this struggle will not end until men and women are comfortable with their social roles they play. But as society changes, men and women continue to struggle to find their new places in society again. Therefore, in our developed countries, in which we emphasise on rights and liberation and, have the capacities to allow men and women to explore new social roles, we should make full use of it, be open to it and definitely, respect it.
As the new century brings in the openness to diversity, it is up to society to appreciate it, internalise it and harvest it for the new generations to come. Sex or gender; biological influence or societal influence, whichever the case, the bottom line is for our society to treat humans as humans and not men as merely men or women as merely women. In this world where we pride ourselves with individualism, equality and freedom, let us hope that society can give us that privilege of choice - not only allowing some of us to retain as much as we wish of our traditional values, but also to finally allow men and women to break away from their gender stereotypes and explore new grounds in life.