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Gender differences are lessening



Published: Thu, July 21, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



KNIGHT RIDDER NEWSPAPERS

Professor Higgins was way ahead of his time in "My Fair Lady" when he pondered the gender differences with his famous speech, "Why Can't a Woman Be More Like a Man?"

Datamonitor, a global market research firm, says she is. In 2005 the traditional distinctions between men and women have definitely blurred. Analysts call it the "feminization of society."

Women have entered the traditional male turf in the workplace. They marry later in life or not at all.

Although still behind men in earning power, they are gaining. And they are drinking more like men. Per-capita alcohol consumption among women in the United States increased 25 percent between 1998 and 2003, with no sign of slowing.

Men, meanwhile, are more feminized. Not only do they take an active role in parenting and household duties, but they also have more interest in fashion and beauty regimes, including plastic surgery.




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