How are modern men today more attentive and caring than men from 50 years ago?

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Modern men are more caring and attentive than they were fifty years ago. A half-century ago, men were expected to be the breadwinner of the house. Men were supposed to go to work no matter how they felt. They were expected to be the rock of the family. They knew their family depended on them for providing basic needs. Culturally, men were not to supposed to show emotion. They would work and their wife would take care of the needs around the house and the needs of the children. It was culturally acceptable for men to be distant and detached. Fifty years ago, men who showed emotion were considered to be weak.

Today, it is culturally acceptable for men to show emotion. Both men and women work outside of the house. Thus, men don’t have to be the sole breadwinner. It is expected that men will have a much greater role in taking care of the needs of the house and of the children. Men can no longer be unemotional and/or detached. Men are expected to be more caring and emotional. The expectations of the role men play have changed significantly in the last fifty years.