To the liberal feminist, nobody benefits from existing gender inequalities; both men and women are harmed because the potential of females and males alike are suppressed. For example, many women with the potential to be successful and skilled members of the workforce do not get the oppurtunity to develop their talents, while men are denied some of the pleasures of having a close relationship with their children. The explanation of this situation, according to liberal feminists, lies not so much in the structures and institutions of society, but in its culture and the attitudes of individuals.
Socialisation into gender roles has the consequence of producing rigid, inflexible expectations of men and women. Discrimination prevents women from having equal oppurtunities.