It is a well known fact that from birth, girls and boys are treated differently; this extends right through our childhood.
Toys are specifically aimed at boys and girls and we are conditioned initially as children by what we play with. For instance, boys play with science sets and cars while girls play with their dollies and all things pink. The toys we play with identify who we are and what job we will do when adults, according to our sexual gender.
In some instances we have made the choice to change these stereo typical identities. Jobs that have only been associated with men, purely because of their strength and ability to carry out manual and heavy tasks, can now be associated with women.
This has provoked a discussion as to whether this limits our abilities as we get older, because jobs that have been seen as stereo-typically men’s and women’s roles have changed.
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For many years women have been the butt of many jokes by men saying that a ‘women’s place was in the home’, next to the sink looking after the domestic chores for the family. Previously women have not had the opportunity, training or support to take on some of the jobs that were considered a ‘man’s job’, but they were equally adept at doing the task and in some cases are able to cope better than men.
A recent survey carried out by Anglian about home improvements showed that we were all keen on ‘Keeping up with the Joneses’ regardless of our gender. 1 in 5 people confessed that they were motivated into decorating their home to ensure that they were not outdone by their neighbours. Changes were made not just to follow the latest fashion and home trends, but to beat the neighbours and look the best on the street.
With the gender identity for jobs still in our minds, we then asked our colleagues in the office who made the decisions in their homes to decorate or make changes to their homes.
It was a resounding ‘Yes’ that the women did make the decision. They were taking over the traditional male role of doing ‘do it yourself’ jobs around the home because they were fed up of waiting for the work to be carried out by their partners. The women took their time studying the styles, colours and sourcing materials they wanted to use.
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The women seemed to gain the most satisfaction from the work being carried out, where as the men just saw it as a chore. However, the man’s view changed once friends had been to view the new look. They could see their friends were interested and wanted to take the credit for the work, although they had little input into achieving the end result. Ultimately, the men were relieved when the work was completed and the home and their routines could get back to normal.
Before redecorating we get used to seeing things daily, the décor tends not to bother us or we decide to make the changes at a later date. But once the work is done, the home seems a nicer place to come back to and it really does make a difference to how we feel.
If you are stuck for a decorating look or lack inspiration for a dull room and want to do something that both sexes can be involved with take a look at a social networking site called Pinterest. This will be a huge source of inspiration and ideas for your home. Why not take a look at our Pinterest boards and add your decorating ideas to them to inspire others?