Mum takes care of the household and children, dad goes to work. We thought we’d made progress on gender equality. However, the coronavirus crisis has reminded us how far we still have to go, from rising gender-based violence during lockdown, to frontline care workers being disproportionately female (and therefore more exposed to infection), to working mothers being expected by their partners to shoulder the majority of childcare and homeschooling duties.

During the pandemic, a majority of those designated as “essential workers” have been women, including healthcare professionals, primary and secondary school teachers, and supermarket cashiers. Yet job losses during the pandemic have also disproportionately fallen on women. Not to mention the “macho” stereotypes that have seen men take social distancing less seriously or made it more difficult to accept they need help.

Has coronavirus revived our gender stereotypes? Has the job of childcare and homeschooling fallen to women by default during lockdown? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!

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What do YOU think?

  1. avatar
    José

    maybe politicians still more corrupted
    Delete, hide or report this

  2. avatar
    Simona

    It’s only brought to public attention that which was already happening.

  3. avatar
    Michał

    Even if that’s the case, it would be up to you to demonstrate that traditional gender roles are a bad thing. Also, if women were disproportionately getting sick (as men are), nobody would have a problem with men doing extra work to help them out. So it seems to me you’re not even concerned with helping women, just driving a wedge.

    • avatar
      Ana

      women didn’t work more during lockdowns because “men got disproportionately sick”, they worked more because men simply do less when women are home (even if they are teleworking).

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      Michał

      Nobody is denying that men are getting disproportionately infected by coronavirus though, so I’m not sure why you would put it in quotation marks. Also, men disproportionately do the kinds of jobs that don’t allow for teleworking. You could even say that traditional gender roles allow women to quarantine more effectively.

    • avatar
      Michał

      And the point still stands – if women were disproportionately getting infected, nobody would have a problem with men doing extra work to help them.

  4. avatar
    Return the 80s movement

    I get the idea this page is owned by Social justice warriors to shift people thinking with same leftist ideology.. :D

    • avatar
      Gabor

      I have the same impression. All the questions asked seem to be already biased and carrying propaganda.

  5. avatar
    Yvonne

    Interesting question..on one hand you are right ..women are back home doing all the house work..and the men in their home offices doing the office work…but in reality in our house with one 20 year old ..everyone is chipping in as we say….im getting lots of offers of help to do the washing up etc…thats a great result !! not sure what i will do when they all go back to the office and university !! anyway..hopefully this virus will end soon or they will find a medicine for it..:D…anyway ..wash your hands ..wear your masks and gloves and clean all those contact points :D

  6. avatar
    Sebastian

    I started to think that this group is made by some people out of Europe, just to learn more about European citizens. My opinion.

    • avatar
      Michał

      If you google debating Europe, you can see who their main sponsors are. It also says the sponsors don’t dictate content – and anyway I am happy to have a friendly discussion with people I disagree with, IF they argue in good faith. But most of the time the questions contain controversial opinions disguised as fact.

    • avatar
      Sebastian

      I can understand that, just that I am not agree with this tipe of message that only a few % can understand it. So, let’s make it transparent. Nothing to hide, nothing to be afraid of.

    • avatar
      Return the 80s movement

      No its just owned by Leftists promoting there view point

    • avatar
      Michał

      Return the 80s – you’re not wrong, but I wouldn’t necessarily even call debating Europe’s sponsors ‘leftists’, they are ultracapitalists who use bits of leftist ideology. Eastern Europe is ahead of Western Europe in every metric feminists care about – domestic violence, the pay gap, women in management positions, education – but the communists mostly advocated a leading role for women without explicitly attacking how they interact with men in the home.

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      Sebastian

      In my opinion, everything and everybody are still evolving, so, everyone needs everyone to help each other.

  7. avatar
    Michael

    Absolutely. We had completely overcome sexism and gender stereotypes until the coronavirus came along and revived them. :p Weak topic, DE. ;)

  8. avatar
    Frano

    If you are claiming to base your statements on scientific studies (surveys), it is necessary to include the results of these surveys and sources for the research. Just saying.

    • avatar
      Debating Europe

      Hey Frano, please check out the sources we link to in the article

  9. avatar
    Rick

    In my youth, inside household chores where equal between myself and two my sisters closest in age. Outside chores were not. I was to mow the lawn addition and also take out the trash. Our allowances were the same. It wasn’t about teaching inequality, it was about learning how to work, to carry out tasks and learn to have pride in doing a good job.

  10. avatar
    Nesta

    They were doing it anyway. Men see women as domestic slaves. They work to to pay their share of the mortgage!

    • avatar
      Vivian

      debating Europeans’ behaviour.

    • avatar
      Maria

      I am free I am not a sheep. The “unique tought” and a new order is killing our freedom

    • avatar
      Miguel

      LOL “the new order” LOL let me LAUGH OUT LOUD HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  11. avatar
    Miguel

    not me. I did the cooking cleaning, washing vacum. toghether we are stronger.

    • avatar
      catherine benning

      @ Miguel

      Have you found this role change affects your masculine charisma any?

  12. avatar
    catherine benning

    Has coronavirus revived our gender stereotypes?

    Corona ‘virus’ cannot revive anything made plausible by twisted thinking, or indeed, thinking of any kind. Gender exists and is not a stereotype. As much as those with the pretence of it being ‘fluid’ are trying to keep running. Hence the intense dislike by those who think it does. Along with Mermaid, who is fighting against JKRowling, (Author) from describing to the world, women will now have to be described as, those who menstruate, in order to differentiate from the tyranny of being cancelled as a different feeling and evolving species, to those with an agenda to keep them subjugated as a non existent entity.

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