Absolutely. In the 1979 case of Orr vs. Orr, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that both men and women must be equally eligible for alimony under state alimony laws; otherwise, the laws would violate the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
North Carolina's family law statutes are intentionally written in non-gender-specific language, and there is no legal difference between men and women when it comes to alimony. As we've discussed before, whether you're eligible for alimony depends on a variety of factors. However, you're not eligible for alimony at all unless you're the "dependent spouse."
As used in our divorce and alimony statutes, "dependent spouse" is defined as "a spouse, whether husband or wife, who is actually substantially dependent upon the other spouse for his or her maintenance and support or is substantially in need of maintenance and support from the other spouse." It's also interesting and important to note that being the custodial parent of children is not required for you to get alimony.