I found the overall theme of gender roles in German society to be very interesting. For my last AMD, I read about how Angela Merkel was a powerful woman who held a doctorate in Physics, and the first article from the New York Times in particular contextualized it further. It emphasizes that while it is a milestone that one of the most powerful people in the world is a woman, there persists a societal standard that still affects how women in Germany can mobilize themselves in ways that men can, such as through work or education. In my last AMD, I briefly touched on how current events in Germany are reminiscent of the US in that Germany faces a multitude of problems, and while reading the articles about womens’ roles in the workplace, I saw many parallels to gender inequality in the US. It is good to hear that there are strides being made towards gender equality in Germany, however, albeit long overdue.
Relating to how flirting in Germany differs from the rest of the world, it was also fascinating to learn about how the increasingly progressive role of women could be implicated in how flirting happens. Comparing it to the US, I definitely think that people are more and more readily abandoning the notion of chivalry, but I believe there’s still some bias against women who are more independent and take initiative.
I found the fact that sex shops in Germany aren’t a big deal to be interesting, as well. Comparing it to the US, I think that there’s a certain variance depending on where you are, but I would say that generally, people are very uncomfortable with talking about sex in the US. This expands to how we perceive sex shops, or any sex paraphernalia, for that matter.