Before you put me down as another fanatical feminist, I have some concrete reasons to believe male chauvinism isn’t a thing of the past. It’s just that they now come in new packages and try hard to hide among the sheep.
There are men who expect their wives to wait interminably for that one weekend they will spend together. Life, after all, is not rushing by and she MUST understand how every weekend is meant for earning extra money, spending time with friends or worse, inviting them all home. In any case, she has had the entire week to relax when he was busy at work. Even if she has a career, her workplace couldn’t dream of being as tiring as his! These are the men who think nothing of adoring other women (we can tell when it’s “platonic”, please) and filling their home with bottle openers and corkscrews shaped like a woman’s (sexy, of course) torso. Perfect pigs!
Some male chauvinists make a big hoopla ho about knowing their women. They cleverly attribute her moodiness or depression to PMS (this does NOT last all month, by the way!), pregnancy, homesickness for Mom or menopause (right, at 30). It doesn’t seem to help that this moody woman is the one who also works as hard as they do to keep their home together and functional.
The slightly softer male chauvinists occasionally lend a helping hand to their wives. They help do the dishes and slice the vegetables, for instance. But a wife would be foolish to expect her husband to pitch in when any of these parties are home: friends, colleagues, in-laws! Which self respecting male chauvinist, after all, will admit that his wife chivvies him around at home?
Why am I ranting about male chauvinists today? I see them everywhere! Watching television while their tired wife does the utensils, making business plans on their anniversaries, commenting on their wife’s incompetence to their family, expecting their “better” half to magically concoct perfection all the time. And even then, she can never be perfect. After all, she is a woman.
Sigh, sometimes R does seem like a Godsend. 😉
All views are personal. I submit that while male chauvinists are still abundant, there definitely are plenty of men who continue to make the world worth living.