Now, generalising a lot and skipping the details, western society has historically been ordered around a family unit, which comprises of: a breadwinner, a homecarer and children. The role of homecarer has traditionally been the woman's. As feanelwa has been pointing out, women are now seen as capable breadwinners, but this leaves a dilemma: who is the homecarer?
My view is that there has been a steady erosion of the value and importance in being a homecarer. (My view may well be biased through my life experience - feel free to discuss *grin*.) So, although a lot of thought and effort has gone in to equal rights for women, I don't feel that anywhere near that amount of thought has gone into what the foundations of western society - the family unit - should look like now the position of breadwinner is arguably seen as more desirable than that of homecarer.
What are the implications for society? I think we've already seen a number of impacts as a result: increase in 'latch-key' kids, increase in the time children spend away from their parents, possibly even the increase in relationship breakdowns and single parent families can be attributed to this fundamental shift in attitudes.
Now, don't get me wrong - I am all for equal rights. But I do think that there is a tremendous impact on families due to this fundamental shift in attitudes - one that has not to date been sufficiently thought about or tackled.
Opinions? Do you see things the same way? If so, do you have any suggestions for fixing it? If you don't, how do you see things?