Oh boy. I stepped into the poop now, didn't I. I just wanted to broach a subject that I'm sure many of us men have struggled with in the recent decades after the 60's and the liberation of women. I'm a traditional guy living in a mostly balanced life with regards to gender roles. I work from home, my wife has her own business. She cooks, does the laundry and I help clean and to be honest, I'm the primary person when it comes to the children and that is mostly because I work from home. I don't think there's much to say about gender roles in a SHTF and I don't want to get too cerebral about it. Suffice it to say that a societal break-down to any marked extent would most likely return us to the traditional roles. I think women need to understand that, it's not about IF you can do something.. sure women CAN do everything a man can do. The quality at which either gender performs the roles of the traditional genders' task is really the question. Arguably, my mind is more focused on providing than nurturing. I have a tendency to not take any crap from my kids while my wife thinks I'm too hard on them. I honestly think, or hope, that the gender roles return to where they were. Quite frankly, I find I perform better in life when I go and do "guy stuff" with other guys. Heading out to the range.. hunting (though I haven't been in years), or just hanging out to discuss "guy topics". Simply put: In an SHTF, we really need to re-evaluate this gender role swapping that's taken place the past 40 hears or so. I'll kill it, you cook it. Millions of years of evolution made one gender physically stronger than the other (more hairy too) for a reason. 40 years of societal pressure isn't going to change that.