There have been numerous arguments made about how the folks of Gen Y are lazy, coddled, and self-involved. Many baby-boomers fear that the future of the United States is in ill hands if left up to Gen Y to steer it.
A string of recently released survey results concentrating on the loss of traditional gender role skills in the younger generations only echo these concerns.
It seems that women are not learning the feminine domestic skills the way their mothers and grandmothers once did. Gen Y males fall short too on their knowledge of traditional “manly” skills.
A new survey by McCrindell Research concluded that 54% of women under 30 were able to hem a garment compared to 87% of women in their 60’s. Also, 51% of women under 30 could cook a roast compared with 82% of women from the baby boomer generation.
According to an interview done with Mark McCrindle, who carried out the study, Gen Y women are busier juggling more roles and are willing to sacrifice “a bit of the homemade” in order to save more time.
Where Gen Y women lack in traditional domestic roles, they excel in skills never before seen in previous generations. More women today are taking on traditional masculine tasks, such as mowing the lawn or changing a tire.
Gen Y women are also more culinary adventurous in the kitchen, and know how to make stirfry and sushi. They’re also super tech savvy.
Women who belong to Gen Y are the first generation to graduate from education systems that don’t require them to learn the old school feminine rolls of cooking and cleaning.
Whereas 50 years ago, women went to college to look for a husband or to learn shorthand, today’s women are indulging in their choice of career. They have more options than ever before and can pursue anything they’d like to try.
Losing the traditional gender roles isn’t necessarily such a bad thing for Gen Y. It just means that both men and women are learning skills that weren’t available to them before.
These blurred out gender lines make for a solid foundation of gender equality for future generations, where instead of Daddy goes to w0rk and Mommy cooks and cleans, everybody does their fair share at keeping the household running efficiently.