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Lady First or not?

Popularity 3Viewed 5204 times 2014-7-9 11:37 |System category:Life| gender, equality, lady, first, social

This was a man's world. But it wouldn't be nothing, nothing without a woman or a girl. Men conquered the whole world, but it's women who conquered them. Dramatically, gentleman and lady kept the balance. It was the era of Lady First.

The last hundred years witnesses the rising power of woman. With the advent of woman' right, apart from the traditional nursing and caring area, women are now more likely to succeed in those man dominant areas: education, politics, economics, science and etc. It has been an emerging social phenomenon that woman is outperforming man in many fields. In this new era, woman is less the weaker sex.

Just as every coin has two sides, the rising power of woman brings new challenges not only to man but also to woman. On the one hand, more and more women complain that compared with their mother and grandmother apart from the responsibility of housewife they have to bear more economic and social pressures while facing latent rules such as glass ceiling. In addition, their husband or boyfriend is less strong, mature and responsible compared with the male of elder generation. On the other hand, more and more men complain that they have fewer opportunities and suffer a lack of self-confidence since in the school boys have been falling behind. What's more, today's woman is no longer a lady but a Fe-male ("女汉子") who is less gentle and graceful but more aggressive and mammonish.

When man is not always "the first" who can offer Lady First while woman is fighting for equal rights, should we say that Lady First has become out of time? Or should we transform our Lady First education to Gender Equality one? What's your opinion?  

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