There are fewer strict “male” and “female” stereotypes, thus giving people the opportunity to explore their interests without worrying if they are appropriate.
Girls are expected to participate in sports at a young age, and boys are encouraged to embrace their sensitivity.
Likewise, conflicts are solved by compromise and negotiation rather than force.
Such qualities characterize Denmark’s broader culture and can be seen quite clearly in everyday life.
They are expected to be sensitive, tender, and caring—especially toward their girlfriends—and have no reason to worry about what society will think of their open displays of affection.
Denmark’s relaxed attitude toward male-female roles fosters an environment for untraditional relationships.
During my first week in Denmark, I was extremely surprised at how many couples I saw engaging in public displays of affection.
2nd Quarter Grade 8 HEALTH Unit 2: Family Life Leasson 1: Courtship, Dating, and Marriage A.
In contrast with America’s male-oriented gender bias, Denmark’s high level of male-female equality fosters behavior that transcends the gender barriers set by less egalitarian societies.
The masculine culture of the United States encourages its citizens to view men as “sissies” if they openly express their emotions; this, of course, challenges their very manhood.
In Denmark, men are free to express themselves without sacrificing their masculinity.