This may seem to be the typical question which has been answered by many people and a number of books in the past (in fact my friend was talking to me about one just the other day: “Men are from Mars & Women are from Venus”, I don’t think there’s many of us who haven’t heard about that classic before…)
Well, as much as I agree that the differences between men and women are rooted in our evolution and how we cohabited in our caves thousands of years ago; women at home cooking and multi-tasking and the men out being all, well, ‘ manly’, It still makes me think about why it continues to be the same today. I mean, I don’t know about you but I definitely don’t live in a cave and I don’t see my boyfriend heading out with a spear and coming back with a fish very often either….
To be honest, I think it has a lot to do with expectations. I feel like there are higher expectations for women to look smart, elegant, classy, sexy, fashionable.. whatever your preference, but there is definitely more importance put on how women look then how men do. This causes them to not really care that much about what they put on when they get out of bed in the morning…. I mean if no one pays attention to what you’re wearing, then why should you? As long as they wear a good suit to that important meeting or hot date then they’re sorted. And they can wear the same suit dozens of times, all they really have to do is change their tie! I know there is a small group of men who really do look after their appearance and what they are wearing but I think it is a SMALL minority (ok so maybe I’m generalising but just let me go on!)
Whereas women can’t wear the same suit over and over, we need new dresses, skirts, tops, shoes and jewellery to combine it all together! However, it’s not just us, men do have it tough too… how would it look if they met up with the guys after work on a friday night and they couldn’t even talk about the football game the day before or the most amazing goal which they saw last weekend. It would look really bad, I mean which guy wants to admit that ACTUALLY their girlfriend forced them to go shopping on saturday afternoon and wouldn’t let them watch the game at all. Not very manly at all, very far away from the days of the loincloth indeed! So, just like there are certain expectations for women, men face them too. In a nutshell, we need to shop and they need to watch the football… life certainly could be a lot worse!