I’m a man, just incase you didn’t already know and I live in a woman dominated world.
The two biggest aspects of my daily life are my job and home educating my 5 year old son. My job is blogging and social media, mainly around the topics of parenting, marriage and lifestyle. This world is heavily populated by women. For every dad/male blogger there must be 500 mum/women bloggers. Don’t quote me on that but the notion is the same, there’s loads more!
Home education involves lots of meet-ups with other home educators and again this world is massively dominated by mums/women. It’s rare I’m not the only man at most of the meets and classes we attend.
Add to this I have a wife, 2 daughters and you may as well throw in that our dog is a girl too!
My life, my world is massively female populated and I’m absolutely fine with it. I’ll be honest, I actually prefer it this way. I have my mates, like the lads I’ve been friends with most of my life, we’ve grown up together and know way too much about each other. I can happily play one of the lads when texting about football in our WhatsApp group and generally chatting about man stuff.
What I then like about being involved with groups heavily dominated by women is that I can talk about, discuss and express another side of my personality, one that in general women understand better. Don’t get me wrong us lads can chat about anything and we do, but sometimes women are better communicators when it comes to certain topics.
I find home education is a prime example. The amount of mums home educating their kids whose husbands either don’t agree with it or aren’t involved in it is massive. None of my friends home educate either meaning I don’t really have any males to talk to about home education. That’s fine though because I do have loads of mums to chat to who understand. Obviously I’m meaning other than Donetta, we chat all the time about everything.
I like having the experience of both sides of the fence and I actually think it helps my communication skills no end. I’d like to think I can talk to anyone and that’s probably because I do! I chat with my lifelong mates about anything and everything, I chat with my Instagram Dad mates about dad stuff, I’m involved with a blogging group filled with women where we share blog ideas and I can talk about home education with the home ed mums I meet with regularly.
Its almost like I have a go to group of people for all occasions. I wonder if that’s been subconsciously built or whether it’s just happened?
I’d like to think that there are more dads/men out there in a similar situation, throwing themselves into different groups despite a gender dominance. I think the more men that infiltrate the women dominated areas the better for everyone, it could improve understanding between genders. I don’t mean that in a weird way like men are coming to take over, I mean more in the sense of how more dads are taking on the role of stay at home parents. It’s bringing mums and dads together, giving dads more of an understanding of what has been a female dominated area for decades and more mums are realising men are just as capable at parenting as they are.
I guess the message I’ve gone around the houses to make in this post, is that the more activities we share together, the more communication we have with each other the more understanding we can become, creating a much more united world.
So many things that have always leaned towards one gender or another can be equalled out to create a much better version of it. Parenting and home education being the main ones within my world but there’s so much more.