Updated November 3, 2014
An in-depth analysis of what Male Matters considers the sexes’ most destructive behavioral difference
We all behave pretty much according to societal expectations. A large part of these expectations is gender-role expectations. As everyone knows, males have certain role expectations and women certain others.
Individual men and women interpret each expectation in their own way according to how they were socialized to interpret it. They also decide how the expectation should apply to them — or whether it should apply at all. Thus the sexes can have a broad range of behaviors in response to each expectation.
Take, for example, the traditional expectation that the man should initiate male-female interactions and relationships. Some people fully believe in this expectation and act accordingly; some do not believe it in the…
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