Men’s space disappears?
Long ago the world belonged to men. In the literal sense. Because they are strong because they controlled social life, controlled the surrounding area, its structure and even appearance. So, the world was a place for men.
Fortunately, over the centuries, we are making progress in terms of gender equality and women bring their influence and workplace, and home. However, in many other areas of modern life, we went from one extreme to the other. Instead of creating a world that is equally enjoyable for both sexes, we began to give women more space by limiting space for men.
What’s behind the disappearance of men’s spaces? Why is it turning into a female? In fact, it is a complex phenomenon, a very interesting story, rooted in the depths of the XVIII century. Below we examine some factors in this process, which reduced the presence of men in public and private life.
The decrease in the male space in the public sphere
For the greater part of humanity public life — a place dominated by men. Until the nineteenth century was even considered indecent for women to leave the house without a male escort.
However, over the past 100 years, the boundaries between male and female space has suffered greatly because of the propaganda of gender equality and anti-discrimination laws. In this section, we will discuss the four spheres of social life, where previously there were only men: work, bar, hairdresser and a gym.
Perhaps this is the largest area of the male space. For many families it is still the current situation where the husband earns money and the woman stays home and cleans and takes care of the children. If before women worked, women’s specific work: for example, seamstresses, dressmakers, teachers. As a result, most of the jobs were designed for men. They set there own rules, their own cultural standards.
When women began working alongside men, many of them took it as an invasion of their space. Some even resorted to sexual harassment to intimidate women and force them to stay away from their space. Now women work along with men almost everywhere.
For centuries people could go to the pub in full confidence that inside he will find some men. Alcohol was considered indecent for a woman who had to have purity and innocence. In the pubs you could find women only of a certain sort (namely, prostitutes). Without women and children of the men could discuss more sensitive issues in more rude words, and still feel like men. Over time, however, the pub ceased to be a male territory.
After decades was considered normal that the woman drank alcohol and the ladies began to visit pubs on a par with men. What is probably at fault and the Second world war: women began working, women were at war, women saw all the dirt of this world. After that they were allowed to have a drink, and get any job when they returned from the front. Them a shame and a sin to blame for it.
Today the ratio of men and women in bars — about 50/50 (of course, gay bars. Although there are enough lesbians on the other hand). Now bars have become a place where people looking for a partner, not a break from each other’s company.
In the nineteenth century the barbershop was such a peasant islets and they can be found on every corner. In the barbershop, men could cut, shave, trim his mustache, nepamatoti hair, to give it a lot of services. Unfortunately, several factors led to the fact that the hairdressing has ceased to belong to men. Perhaps chief among them — the emergence of hairdressing for men and women, when women also began to cut their hair. Then all captivated the beauty that man’s butt is awkward and embarrassing. And when was the last time you see the Barber-man?
Hairdressers and some women and in salons some women. Besides, it’s getting harder to find a hair salon. Hairdressers-men and all endangered species. Even if you will find that in some Chop-SOR e-shearers and a half thousand. I have to say how I feel about that?
As bars, gyms were a place exclusively for men. During the gyms without women, men could focus on improving their bodies and not worried about what impression they make on the ladies. The gym was dingy and dark, smelled of sweat and exhaustion. No Lady Gaga out of the speakers only the sound of iron and occasionally grunting. What has now become, you know. Women will find in any gym, female gym, female music, female feet in leopard leggins that run on the treadmill — it’s everywhere.
Men’s space is reduced and the house
Men there are fewer places in public life and at home, things are no better. Perhaps it is even a more dramatic side of things, because at home we used to feel at ease. The man was always the master of your fortress, and this firmness was shaken. I will give examples.
Industrial revolution: beginning of the end of male space
Before the industrial revolution men worked around the house. It was a time of self-sufficient dudes who could drive a nail into the wall, collect a stool to fix the faucet and do everything that is needed. Well, if we are talking about simple hard workers. Boots torn — sewed myself. I dig potatoes myself. Did everything by myself.
Besides, at that time were not common on these luxury items, which for us now is an everyday thing. Wallpaper, carpets, comfortable window — it was only in wealthy homes. People tried to establish a way of life. He planed, nailed, dug, fixed it — and it worked. Then, no one knew that days of this order of life are numbered.
In the mid-nineteenth century the industrial revolution changed everything. People began to move to urban areas, farmers were organized to work in factories. Women were often homemakers that divided life into two spaces: a worker (male) and domestic (female). Women began to take care of the house and lead it in the view, to which we are accustomed to now. Now the house more comfortable for women than for men: with the endless vases, million utensils of unknown purpose, rugs, pokryvalom of all sorts. The house became a women’s space.
By the way, the division into male and female space in the house began and in wealthy homes even earlier. Was rooms, was considered male or female. For example, it was considered a women’s tea and studios designed for drawing and embroidery. There was even room for needlework. The men were pool halls, Smoking Lounges with trophies.
Why is it important male space
All right, you probably think: «so what? Isn’t it good that now all spend time together? We are not the primitive communal system». Yes… and no. Don’t get me wrong. I am absolutely not against social progress, but perhaps the pendulum has swung too far to the other extreme.
We often underestimate the effect on the psyche of our environment. Architecture, interior design — all this matters. Experts say that it’s big. Even the famous writer and feminist Virginia Woolf understood the importance of individual space.
In his essay of 1928, «my Own room» she passionately argued that the reason why women have not created as many works of art as men, that they did not have the same opportunities. The Central argument of the essay is that women should be their own room, so she could be alone and be creative.
After almost hundred years their own room and need a man.
To feel his identity, the man need friends and space. It is important that he had a place where he can throw off all social roles and to let out my masculine energy. Many men the modern bureaucratic culture deprives them of courage and strength. If you own man cave, a place that you will furnish at its own discretion, where are you going to do what you want, this will give you to regain the control, power and relaxation. Ahead dude. The cave awaits.