Gender equality is having equal rights, opportunities and responsibilities for all genders. In some countries around the world, Men are given more power and have control over women. They believe that women should stay home to handle all the housework and take care of the kids while their husband goes to work. When the husband gets home from work, dinner should be ready, and the house should be clean. I don’t feel there is anything wrong with this if it’s what keeps a marriage in a good place, but I also feel that in a marriage there are many ways to support each other. Life today is very hard, and everything is very expensive. If there is more than one income at home, it is easier to cover the expenses. In the S.T.A.R interview, Sylvia Rivera mentions that she doesn’t believe that a transvestite or a woman should do all the washing or all the cooking and do everything that’s forced on by society and the establishment that woman have to do this (12). I agree with what Rivera believes because if you are in a relationship and you really love someone, you will support that person in every way that you can.
Everything at home should be 50/50 like one day you will cook and the next day your spouse will cook. One of the first questions I get asked when I’m getting to know someone is, “Do you know how to cook?” I know many married couples who both the husband-and-wife handle all the responsibilities at home whether it’s cleaning, cooking or taking care of the kids. They don’t do it because someone told them they are supposed to, they do it because they love each other, and they are there to support one another. If we want to see change in the world, we must change the way we think. Growing up, I always heard “The man should always pay.” Why should the man always pay? Just because he’s a man? I don’t feel there is anything wrong with a woman treating a man to dinner or buying him a nice gift to make him feel special. I have been on dates in the past where I paid for dinner or movies. When you are in a relationship or married, you do anything you can to make sure that person is always happy. Just like women, men also love to feel appreciated.