The purpose of this Meetup is to provide a forum where men and women can share and learn the views of others on the many ways in which gender roles have an impact on our lives. The aims of Feminists and Masculists ring hollow if by definition, they marginalize the concerns of the other gender. Despite all the changes to societal expectations for each gender in the past century, certain traditional patterns remain. Some of these traditions amplify innate differences, while others are arguably the arbitrary effects of cultural conditioning.
Topics of discussion for this group include:
Equal Rights Amendment, Sexual Harassment, Life Expectancy, Workplace Injuries and Deaths, Dress Codes, Marriage and the Law, Divorce, Parenthood, Nuclear Family, Child Custody, Alimony, Overpopulation, Domestic Violence, Gender fetishes such as Jewelry and Flowers for women and Sports and displays of Violence for men, Androgyny, Dating, Money, Sexuality, Heterosexuality, Homosexuality, Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Rights, Abortion, Reproductive Rights, The Sexual Division of Labor, Religion, Incarceration, Health Care, Insurance, Equal Pay, Prostitution, The Military, Suicide, etc.
Who is welcome?
Men and women are equally welcome. An even sex ratio is desirable to provide a balanced perspective. Traditionalists and Non-traditionalists alike are both welcome although the organizer will admit to having a bias toward non-traditional viewpoints.
The ultimate goal of this Meetup will be to question gender roles – Why do gender roles exist? Do gender roles stem from innate differences that we should accept or are they arbitrarily imposed constraints of an entrenched hierarchical status quo? Are there limits to the extent to which the sexes can achieve true equality? What obsolete gender roles should be changed? What do current trends toward overpopulation portend for the future of gender roles? How will the decline in availability of fossil fuels affect societal expectations of each gender?
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