- An open floor plan, meaning that on the base level, one room opens into another.
Almost all listings will have multiple pictures of the kitchen and almost no pictures of the garage.
The modern home listing is, frankly, very sexist.
Think about it. In almost every family I’ve seen, while both husband and wife cook, the wife organizes and runs the kitchen. If you don’t believe that, try (as a man) to reorganize your kitchen. Most women will have a serious issue with that. I know my wife did when I tried to clean up numerous drawers in our kitchen recently.
The open floor plan is terribly detrimental to men. For most men, if they get overwhelmed, they have to withdraw to a private space to gather their thoughts and de-stress. Try doing that in an open floor plan. Essentially, I’d have to lock myself in my bedroom, which I (like most) share with my wife.
Complicate this with the desire by many women to kick men’s hobbies out of the home and into the most undesirable rooms like the garage and basement. I see most guys hanging out in the garage because that is the only place they can store their hobby. Personally, I think garages are unheated storage for cars, not your quiet space.
The average guy today is probably told by his father that his house is his castle. He also probably doesn’t feel like that, at least in today’s world.
Layer on top of this:
- That more men come from families broken by divorce, or in many cases a cohabitating couple that later splits, and lacks a good male role model
That society continues to change the bar for men, so it’s hard to define what is “good”
That all-male or predominantly-male institutions, including our veteran’s groups and church groups, are increasingly in decline
That our stagnant economy makes it hard to get a job, which is a critical expectation of men
and we shouldn’t be surprised that young men still commit suicide more often than women and have a lower life expectancy.
We’ve setup a system that doesn’t inspire creation of good family men. It’s caused more than a few to go on strike, and single, angry, unemployed men don’t work well for any government (just ask Tunisia). The anger may have contributed to many men switching their votes to Trump this last election. It’s my hope that as the dust settles, we as a society take a serious look at what expectations we place on our young men.
This post is the work of the author and does not represent any other organization’s views. And yes, rearranging things in your kitchen is a good way to stir up marital strife, so proceed with caution!
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