Debate in the battle of sexes the current trends indicates that female are on the Ascendency. Do you agree or disagree?

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pacorz eNotes educator| Certified Educator

First, I don't believe there is a "Battle of the Sexes". I think that every person battles on their own or on their family's behalf. That said, I disagree with your contention that females are doing better overall, based on the fact that the so-called "gender gap" in wages is still very much with us. According to the World Economic Forum and other reports, men and women still do not receive, on average, equal pay for equal work; women almost universally make less, and the gap is widest at the extreme ends of the wage scale. If women are not paid fairly for their work, then they are certainly not in control of their own destinies.

stolperia eNotes educator| Certified Educator

If you really wanted to debate the statement presented here, there would need to be massive definition of terms, as demonstrated by previous posts. Personally, I think you are trying to cover too much territory with a gross over-simplification. Women are achieving a greater degree of equality in some parts of the world in some situations. Women are still not treated equally with men in many settings in those countries that claim to recognize sexual equality, to say nothing of areas of the world that have specifically differentiated expectations and roles for men and women. And, do specifically differentiated roles necessarily mean that women are discriminated against? Or does it simply indicate differences in assignments for different members of a group?


belarafon eNotes educator| Certified Educator

A significant problem with defining gender equality as a "battle of the sexes" is that there must be a clear winner and loser. We cannot have simple balance; one must be made inferior. Throughout history, women have been vital to the continuation of the species, yet because men are physically stronger they made the rules. Today, the abstract concept of "equal rights" is more powerful than physical strength, and so women move up superficially... but in the end, we still must have a winner and loser, and so far women are still down the ladder, especially in countries other than the United States.

wannam eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I'm not sure that women and men can ever be truly equal in every way.  There are some legitimate differences between the sexes.  With that said, I think there is still a good ways to go in attempting equal footing in the situations where it is possible.  Yes, women are making progress toward equality in this country and many others.  In general, I think there is still a lot of progress to be made.  Of course, this really depends on what country you are talking about as well.  In some places, women's rights are still almost non-existant.

accessteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This is an interesting issue to debate, because whilst many would agree that certainly the gender gap has closed somewhat, at the same time others would argue that inequality still exists but in ways that are less tangible or obvious. This has led to some thinkers arguing that there is a glass ceiling that prevents women from achieving equality with men, but that this ceiling is made all the more pernicious because of the way that it is made of glass and so cannot be easily identified.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Women are only in the ascendancy if we are talking about relative terms.  Women are certainly coming to have a greater role in society than they once did.  However, even in places like the US, women still do more of the housework than men even when both work.  They still make less money than men typically do.  It is in no way true to say that women are in some way defeating men in the so-called "battle of the sexes."

bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Women's roles have changed dramatically over the centuries. No longer is the average woman a stay-at-home housewife; more women hold down jobs more than ever before, and many are now the sole money-earner, with house-husbands growing in number. As a teacher, I have always found that female students seem to be more concerned with grades (and are better all-round students) than their male counterparts.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Women are getting more equal opportunities with men.  If you think about it, men have been able to keep women on the bottom rungs of society, for no reason at all, for a very long time.  I don't think women are taking over, but I do hope they are starting to get what's due them.

tracie123art | Student

gender role will no longer be necessary if the changing climate continues!

Many women fought for equality but now in the third way of feminism, it has gone beyond equality as you noted house husbands!

Feminist pressure for greater gender equality in all aspects of society has transformed lives and has had an impact on today’s society. To a certain extent gender equality has been achieved: women are more successful, career motivated, and with higher earnings.

The only problem now though is do women really want this gender equality?