I live with my brother and some days, with my dad and it is not easy to live with two boys. Many times I´ve been mad because they ask me what´s for dinner, how come they cannot go into the kitchen and discover if there´s something, and if there´s not, at least cook ? This is my mother´s fault.
I always say that she raised us (me, my sister, brothers and even my dad) in a very chauvinist manner and that can have its consequences. Matthew C. Gutmann describes in his essay The meanings of macho, how men started to have hometasks and how women became a source of money for the house. He relates that 50 years ago a man would have never gone to the supermarket though nowadays is a common task between boys and girls.
The essay relates the necessity of a country where women were the only possible source of making money and men had to stay at home and do cleaning, cook and take care of the children. This is not only a women´s achievement but also a reborn of men´s consciousness in front of a hard task.
Sherry B. Ortner, an anthropologist realized about these changes and explained in his essay Theory in Anthropology since the sixties, how postmodernism created a pattern for these changes. Postmodernism is concerned with changes in time and place and that is exactly what happens in Mexico. A grandfather wouldn´t be able to understand that his grandson is
in this case it is perfectly situated. Men and women are almost equally when talking about task that can keep a family safe. Of course there will be some cases where the men´s strength or the women´s kindness will be needed but this is different.
Today, after living during 3 years with my brother I can say that he goes to the supermarket, irons his clothes, makes the dishes and even sweeps. We left the sixties away but now there´s one more problem. Men and women are becoming so equally that they are confusing their natural ways of being.