There is a culture shift happening that I believe will be short lived. It seems that everywhere you look there's another example of the national dumbing down of male and female role distinctiveness. I get it. There are ample examples of role abuse everywhere we look as well. Men behaving badly is nothing new and a visceral reaction to the role abuse of men is understandable. But the shift in culture has been to blur the lines between men and women to the point that we have thrown gender into the cultural blender. Couldn't the abuse of roles and our inability to live out God's plan be the driving force that is blurring/blending the lines of masculinity and femininity? But if equality is the goal, and that's a great goal, sameness is not the answer.
Equality should never be in question for the Christian or the Christian marriage. In Christ, "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ." (Gal. 3:28) But equality and oneness should never aim for "gender blender" sameness. The beauty and mystery and majesty of Christ's work is that we can celebrate equality and celebrate role diversity.
The truth is that this cultural shift will fall into a costly pile of social experimentation. But it will be rather short lived because we are image bearers and there's no blending of roles that will substitute for healthy, mutually respecting, role distinctiveness. I'm convinced that women still love men who are humble, sacrificial, teachable, and strong. The problem is that men invariably fail in two primary ways. We either are to brutish and mean with our manhood or we're simply to passive and coldly weak. Real men look at the life of Jesus. He was the ultimate man and wise men model their loving and leading after him. With a truly teachable spirit it will produce a man who is humble, sacrificial and strong. Men, be a gorgeous reflection of Ephesians 5:25-33 and watch a new trend spring to life.