Fox’s New Girl suggests it’s not only women of the 21st century who are changing, but straight men, too: in a recession-era America, they’re learning to be, or have already become, more like women.
The story references things like “chit-chat” becoming how interviews are done but that doesn’t seem right. I mean, if everything I know about the 1950s and 1960s comes from Mad Men, interviews with men in bars drinking is way more about personal relationships than a “are you capable of doing this job” talk.
So, what has changed? Gender roles, certainly are less concrete, more fluid. The chit-chat is happening between men and women, rather than between people of the same gender. There are no longer “men jobs” and “women jobs” though issues of strength and lifting ability does keep many women out of the heavy labor field of “men jobs.” As jobs become more and more service oriented, men are moving into those traditionally “women jobs” which does reflect a change but women are moving into management jobs as well.