I see this as a consequence of “girl power.” We spent a generation telling girls they can do anything they dream of, but never at any point did anyone think to tell boys that they have to meet girls halfway. The result is we have a generation of men who continue to believe they are entitled to all the marital, social, economic and political privileges their 1940’s counterparts had, and a generation of women who know they deserve true partnership and refuse to settle for table scraps.
This is where Girl Meets World failed... and it applies to the friendship between Maya and Riley, as a fan of BMW I wish they had not tried to recreate elements fso closely because Cory and Topanga can't be matched just because Riley and Lucas met in middle school. Shawn and Cory can't be matched by Riley and Maya because they've been friends since they were little. BMW's elements were lightning in a bottle. And GMW showed that those guys stood the test of time but GMW are to be determined.