What if the roles of chivalry were reversed?
Imagine if a chick had to propose to their significant other? Imagine that sort of event. I could see it now! There is no kneeling! No romantic dinner!
This subject matter was also explored in 2013, when Yahoo Screen, the search engine’s online video forum, released a series of videos called “The Flip Side.” The series took a number of scenarios in which men and women are stereotypically expected to act in a certain way, and had actors counterpart their expected roles to portray an imaginary life where men and women acted as the opposite gender would.
They set up scenarios such as sporting events, going camping, date night, anniversaries, posting to social media and even pregnancy, and in each their roles were reversed. It became an instant hit, a few of the webisodes went viral, and we have since seen the topic catch the interest of society and the media over and over again.
I came up with a couple scenarios and asked the folks around the Void offices what they would do if they were involved in certain experiences where guys and girls were expected to do something according to gender and if those roles were reversed. Hilarity ensued. Here’s what they had to say:
Guys, would you have enjoyed being asked to prom?
Jonar: Yes…means you got admirers and you don’t have to be the creepy one.
Jeff: I actually was asked to prom and went with the girl that asked. We were just friends though. Didn’t even make it in. I had 17 joints inside a Marlboro Lights box. Dinner was epic.
Zach: It’s 2015, girls should have to go through the same pains that guys do in this regard. Go for it girls.
Logan: Never went, so yes that would be fun!
Tye: No. Well, scratch that, Yes…ONLY if I thought I had a shot at being crowned “Prom Queen.”
Wes: Being asked would have been great! But not worth the chance of not being asked. I’d rather be in the driver’s seat.
Michael: Oh for sure. That would be so f***ing sick. Girls never surprise me in good ways. This would be tight.
Jimmy: Dude, in high school I would be delighted to simply make eye contact with attractive girls.
What if your hands went on a woman’s shoulders during a slow dance and she put her hands on your ass?
Jonar: I’d be pumped…total role reversal if chicks were copping a feel. Yewww! Sexy time again sucka!
Jeff: Then I would keep my wallet on my shoulder.
Zach: Once again, it’s 2015, and my girlfriend gets as much ass-grabbing time as she wants (which is a lot).
Logan: Now that’s just awkward. I like the booty.
Tye: That would be awesome. I’d classify that as a “win-win” no matter which gender is taking charge.
Wes: I can’t say there’s a lot down there for her to hold.
Michael: Sounds kind of trippy. I’m not against it, but I’m also not a slow dancer by choice. I like to dance fast. Do some salsa maybe. Actually, I think the girls take the leading role in some dancing cultures. F*** yeah I’m down with that.
Jimmy: Grab it all you want, baby. I’ve been doing squats. Can you tell?
Ladies, how would you ask someone to prom if you had to?
Devin: I would spell it out in some alphabet soup … who doesn’t’ love some good ol’ tomato soup. Fine, fine. Add some grilled cheese in the mix. Boom. Now that, my friend, is a solid girl-to-guy prom invitation.
Caitlin: Sure! I think it would be fun. Something badass that involved a scavenger hunt.
Darby: If I had to ask someone to prom I would leave a cryptic ransom note on their locker saying that I had their beloved cat/dog/mom/little sister held captive. The note would include instructions on how to retrieve their loved one that would include my date coming to my house in the middle of the night, preferably if I lived in a sketchy neighborhood. I would hop out from behind the front door when they knocked holding a bedazzled sign saying “PROM?”
Alexis: Ordering Chinese food and putting my own prom-related fortune in the cookie for them to open would be kind of cool I guess. That way I still get to eat Chinese food.
Kristin: It would probably be sitting on the couch, binge-watching Netflix. “Hey, wanna go to Prom?”
Brittany: Make a mash-up video of myself plotting to ask them to prom then at the end of the video would ask them. Kind of along the vision of “Peanut Butter Jelly Time.” Something silly, but would make a video.
What if you had to buy your man something sentimental every time you screwed up?
Caitlin: I don’t screw up (or at least that’s what most girls think).
Kristin: Is that a thing?
Darby: Women wouldn’t be placed in situations in which guilt gifts would be necessary to mend a relationship.
Alexis: Well they probably would prefer to have something else rather than sentimental things.
Kimmy: This one’s difficult to answer. I never screw up.
Devin: I would hate that. The receipts in my purse would be full of ABC Liquor and Dick’s Sporting Goods purchases.
Victoria: I don’t really expect guys to do that for me, so I wouldn’t really do that for them.
Brittany: I would buy a new bottle of whisky or swanky bottle opener.