Is it just me, or is there no such thing as a "self-fulfilling prophecy" when general society is concerned? In fact, it seems that the opposite is true.
In response to women taking on a more equal role, you might hear both reasonable social commentators and some rabid traditionalists crying foul. "Men will be emancipated!" both groups proclaim. They will lose their manliness, become completely soft, there will be nothing left manly in this world. Of course, that doesn't happen. At all. Instead, we see a beautiful balance occurring between the genders.
Take pollution, or global warming - so far, not as bad as anybody predicted.
The question is, are the scaremonger folk really full of BS, or are they predicting events that have the potential to actually happen - but are moderated by the attention drawn to them by the very alarmists that the naysayers like to mock.
Are we avoiding harmful trends in society just by talking about them? Maybe. It's a thought.