Stereotypical Roles

Prepper & Survivalism Forum

Help Support Doomsday Prepper Forums:

Gazrok

A True Doomsday Prepper
Member
Joined
Aug 15, 2013
Messages
7,475
Reaction score
9,100
Location
Florida
In a large SHTF scenario, do you think men/women will take on the more stereotypical gender roles?
If you believe so, why?
I don't think so. I think it will depend more on the strengths, weaknesses, and skills of individual members of your group. For example, if my old ranch hand gal was still here when SHTF, she would have definitely been one of our scouts or sentries (she was a damn good shot).

Whereas my son wouldn't do too well there. He has some issues focusing on tasks, so he'd be better doing something menial like gardening, for example.

I'm kind of a jack of all trades, master of none type of guy myself, as is my wife, so either of us will likely fill in whatever gaps are needed. I mean, I can fix things, but I can also be a chef in the kitchen. I can work the horses, but I can also manage the garden.
 
Joined
Jan 15, 2018
Messages
1,180
Reaction score
2,691
Location
Illinois
In some ways, yes. In some ways, no.

I think western society today is a place where men and women are going to cross traditional gender roles. I don't hesitate to grab the vacuum. My Dad would have thrown the vacuum out the window before he used it to suck up floor dirt. Times have changed.

I also think there are things that men are just better suited for, and that's never going to change.
 

Danil54grl

A True Doomsday Prepper
Member
Joined
Dec 29, 2012
Messages
7,950
Reaction score
24,908
Location
Texas
Times have also changed alot. . . Most women have to go to work to help with the bills. We didn't all have the opportunity to stay at home to raise kids and take care of the household. When I worked full time hunny did so much more of what is considered girls work. Since most days I didn't get home till close to 7 he would cook dinner and he would even help with laundry. Now most of his days off are in the recliner watching tv. As long as I'm not in the dining room trying to figure out measurements or getting frustrated cause my sewing machine wants to act up, he can blare the tv. In my old life I was the one repairing the washing machine when it broke and digging with a shovel f or a septic tank to go in the ground.

A strong spirited person will cross over to get the job done no matter what it takes. I think that will go the same after a crisis situation.
 

brandx

Demi-God
Member
Joined
Apr 12, 2018
Messages
1,392
Reaction score
3,338
Location
Indiana
I would rather clear brush than wash dishes but whatever needs done I do. It is all just work in my opinion but the best thing would be to put everyone to task at what they are best at and enjoy the most. It goes easier that way.
 

MNwr786

God Like
Member
Joined
Mar 27, 2018
Messages
391
Reaction score
1,088
Location
minnesota
I personally have found with prepping that it seems to be the trend that men and women seem to follow more traditional gender roles...while there are always exceptions...what do you guys think? is this a good thing?

Personally even though I feel I am still in the beginner stages of prepping that my main focus has been food/water. I have been working on my gardening skills, and food preservation methods, working with our farm animals, meanwhile my husband is the gear person -he has a TON of camping supplies, several guns, just gear in general.

In a large SHTF scenario, do you think men/women will take on the more stereotypical gender roles?
If you believe so, why?
In many real world cases, it may appear to shift toward a gender thing... but not for sexism, but logic.

What is a survival situation anyhow? Its nothing more than a small scale re-colonization of a particular place. When it comes to, say, a large family or small community, there will be the need for many talents. To be effective, each will, at first, do what he or she is best at. For example, if myself, bill, and julie try to survive amongst ourselfs, my time may be best spent chopping firewood. Bill may be a good doctor, and julie could be a lifelong stay at home mother whose skills may be best served in the house/garden or taking care of the children. Its not about male/female, its all about who is best prepared for what task whether they like it or not. Any survival situation starting out will appear to be a sexist, socialist endeavour. This is unavoidable. Its efficient, and efficiency is progress. This idea may not sit well with certian types, but if everyone does what they want rather than what they are good at, your spinning tires.
 

Maverick

Top Poster
Global Moderator
Member
Joined
Mar 8, 2013
Messages
10,653
Reaction score
26,602
Location
Washington State - between 2 mountains and a river
I would rather clear brush than wash dishes but whatever needs done I do. It is all just work in my opinion but the best thing would be to put everyone to task at what they are best at and enjoy the most. It goes easier that way.
I cleared brush many time and to be honest, washing dishes was a good break. I won’t admit this to my Wife but I rather wash dishes than clear the brush and leave the clearing to my kids ;)
 

brandx

Demi-God
Member
Joined
Apr 12, 2018
Messages
1,392
Reaction score
3,338
Location
Indiana
I cleared brush many time and to be honest, washing dishes was a good break. I won’t admit this to my Wife but I rather wash dishes than clear the brush and leave the clearing to my kids ;)
Sounds like a plan.
 

brandx

Demi-God
Member
Joined
Apr 12, 2018
Messages
1,392
Reaction score
3,338
Location
Indiana
Stereotypicality has ran it's course many years ago. Women have proven themselves in so many Male trending roles. My wife and i serve in the U.S.A.F and have for the last 18 years with a spec ops unit. She is just as tough, capable, and willing to take on any role she needs to. Sharing in the responsibilities, and work makes the prepping, and life go smoother, and in a more cohesive unit to come to a proper solution/outcome. We are both Blackhawk certified, hand to hand combat, survival, weapons experts, and so forth. Having two in a household who have opposing, or equal skills helps to be one in thinking, and doing.
A recent Naked and Afraid show, the men take off to hunt wild boar without consulting with the women, the women stay home and eat fish , the men gone for 2-3 days,go hungry, get cold because their fire went out, and come back empty handed. Interesting and somewhat amusing.
 

brandx

Demi-God
Member
Joined
Apr 12, 2018
Messages
1,392
Reaction score
3,338
Location
Indiana
I am a woman on my own. Always have been and probably always will be (by choice). I am physically small and I take a certain amount of pride in being able to do a lot of things on my own, using only manual tools, without any help from anyone. Of course, if I am in a group/team situation I can adapt to working as a team and either using some leadership skills or just as happy to being a follower and even taking orders at times.

If I were in a partnership situation with a man, I feel that it is ideal for both partners to be able to do most things. If one person gets injured or incapacitated in any way, the other one really needs to be able to cope, even if just temporarily.

I am new to this forum. I live in New Zealand. The mentions of guns when I joined was a bit offputting for me personally. I was wondering whether I would have enough in common with the people on this forum. I have started here in the "ladies' section". Pleased I found something to post a reply about.

Although a lot of people in NZ do own guns and a lot are involved in hunting, we don't have the same type of gun culture as the US. This comment should probably go in another section of this forum, but I also feel that, if you do things such as put up "No Trespassing" signs or make it clear that you have a weapon and will use it if necessary, I would be concerned that that is a very clear message that you have valuable stuff which you don't want other people to take and may actually attract undesirables rather than scare them off. I prefer to believe that, if I keep a low profile, no-one would actually guess, for instance, that I have food supplies. So therefore they are not likely to come looking to take them.

My main prepping interest is in being able to provide most (possibly all) of my own food in any scenario where there might be insufficient food available and where it is not just a question of not having enough money to buy food, but of there not being enough food for everyone to buy.

Judith from New Zealand
I was slow getting to reading this posting. Thought I would make a mention of the no trespassing signs, some areas, especially rural areas, you will see signs like this, if you are wandering around in the woods you don't know if you are on state ground or private property. A lot of people hunt and fish state property and the private owners don't want them crossing over, therefore the signs. It doesn't mean they have goodies, only that they don't want you on their property, POSTED, they say. I have a good friend and neighbor that I allow to deer hunt and has been successful. I also have no trespassing signs just to indicate property lines.
 

MNwr786

God Like
Member
Joined
Mar 27, 2018
Messages
391
Reaction score
1,088
Location
minnesota
The signs are more useful as a legal standing in the event something goes wrong. Its easier to say, "he's not supposed to be here" vs "he has to leave". Another reason would be injury and subsequent lawsuits against your insurance. And some people just value privacy more than others... i have those signs too, not to hide something, but to ward off city idiots that disrespect everything someone else worked hard for. And squatters, in certian states, have tremendous rights and an ability to take that investment in the woods youve been sitting on.... unless the occupation of the land was based on an illegal act. Tresspassing.
 
Last edited:

Latest posts

Top