The following opinion is based upon my personal experiences and second hand knowledge of the heterosexual relationship in the United States of America.
One hundred years ago the womans place was in the kitchen. The wife's role was to cook and clean, if dinner was not on the table by the time the husband came home, if the husband's clothes were not cleaned, pressed and laid out for him by the time he needed to leave for work the woman received a beating. This was not only normal, it was the expectation.
Obviously women eventually became fed up with this arrangement, bras were burned and brooms were broken. After the women's liberation movement in the states I find that today, in a twisted act of hypocrisy, quite the opposite is true.
The man's place is taking the trash out, the mans place is mowing the lawn. If the trash hasn't been taken out by the time the garbage truck runs or if the lawn hasn't been mowed by the time the woman gets home from work god help him for he will receive the verbal lashing of a life time. These verbal and emotional beatings are, in my opinion, the equivalent of a physical beating. Many of today's women in America are the equivalent of a wife beater, they are husband beaters and it is not only normal, but the expectation.
People seem to think that these verbal beatings are no big deal in comparison to a physical beating, but I differ on the subject. Where a physical beating causes physical damage a verbal beating causes psychological damage. Damage that, in many cases, results in physical violence later in life.
The woman's place is wherever she wants it to be, the same rings true for the man. The woman does not have to cook against her will, neither does the man have to take out the trash against his.