Traditional male roles are always changing with society, partly due to roles that females take on, as well as influence of the media. This led to an interesting discussion with my coworkers. I work in an office that is predominantly female, which means the editorial staff is all women and the sales and marketing staff is all women. The balance is slightly offset in a few departments, such as graphic design.
But, as a result, I find myself doing a larger percentage of heavy lifting, even more so since the only male editorial intern goes back to school soon.
Technology has also had a fairly major impact on male roles, which has added more responsibilities to the list.
So far, I have it down to:
- Move heavy furniture
- Open jars (pasta sauce, pickles)
- Reprogram VCRs (now replaced by PVRs, DVRs, etc.)
- Kill spiders (or, if you like spiders, letting them outside)
- Hunt down buffalo
- Set up internet connections (we have an IT department for this, so I don't have to, although I was asked how to change the view options on Outlook)
- Assemble Ikea furniture (instruction manuals optional)
- Clean up a woman's plate (ie: the stuff that's left over from her plate after she's full)
- Replace objects in the shelves that are harder to reach.
- Install all electronics (instruction manuals optional).
- Carry groceries.