It’s come as a bit of a shocker to all of us brought up on a diet of Hollywood and Bollywood stereotypes of the successful career woman who eventually lets her heart rule over her mind. It turns out that women are not willing to give it all up for romance but men are. In a study conducted by Science Daily, it was found that men are willing to sacrifice their goals for a romantic relationship but women are less inclined to do so. Is this a sign that a subtle role reversal is going on? It would seem so going by another poll in which men felt that women now dominate the world.
The day is not far when instead of men wooing women with chocolates and roses, it will have to be the other way around. Not such an appetising thought really. What will happen to all the writers of mush? It will no longer be the quivering heroine looking up at the strong, silent man. No, he will be on diaper duty and getting the dinner ready while the better half brings home the bacon. Or have men retreated because they now realise that whatever they can do, a woman can do better, as Margaret Thatcher once said.
Closer home, Indira Gandhi was credited with being the only man in her cabinet. According to an Economist survey, there will come a time when not only will women dominate the world, but the male species will have no role other than procreation. But before we get carried away, all this will be a long time coming to India, where it is still very much a man’s world. So the femillennium is not quite round the corner yet.