Male gender roles dating
Abigail Haworth’s article is peppered with hair-raising statistics about Japan’s breeding crisis.
For instance, 2012 saw the fewest Japanese babies born in recorded history, and 90 percent of young Japanese women believe staying single is “preferable to what they imagine marriage to be like.” It quotes the head of Japan’s branch of the International Planned Parenthood Federation as saying the island nation “might eventually perish into extinction” without more children.
The chancellor of Germany is female – Angela Merkel.
She is the first woman to be chancellor of Germany!
What they mean is that Germans don’t really go on formal “dates” as much as Americans do.
So people go out to restaurants together but it’s not really thought of as a ‘date-night’.
In Rosenbluth’s account, this system creates a “penalty suffered by a worker taking time off to care for small children,” as any time taken off trades off with time spent building up “firm-specific skills” at your lifetime employer.
Something cool I’ve noticed in Tübingen that is popular all over Europe is Love Locks! Love Locks (or Love Padlocks) are thought to have originated in Italy, and can be found in several places in Europe.
First, while Western conservatives tend to blame feminism and contraception for any fertility problems their country is purportedly having, the culprit could just as easily be an excess of gender traditionalism.
Japan’s experience suggests that, unless women are somehow convinced that they really don’t want the careers they’re intent on having (highly implausible, to say the least), then fertility will suffer so long as women are expected to always be the primary child-rearers.
That means absent a overnight revolution in gender norms, the government may need to consider more drastic measures — legal protections ensuring career advancement for women get pregnant, for instance.
There are some broader lessons from Japan’s gendered fertility crisis.
My tutor for the Oregon Abroad program, Jane, said that Germans do things together, but it’s not as formally planned out.