Masculinity and Feminine used to have defined roles. A man’s place was to go to work and provide for his family, a woman was to stay home, raise children, take care of the house, cook and clean.
As society evolves, the lines have been blurred. Far more women work outside the home than in past generations. Fathers have taken a far greater role in child rearing than they used to.
What do we think of when someone is referred as being feminine? Physically we think of someone who wears dresses puts on makeup and has a fuller curvy figure. Intellectually, emotionally and through actions women are thought to be more intuitive, emotional and nurturing. Some would say men are tougher. Physically that’s not debatable on an average person.
Some would say men are tougher. Physically that’s not debatable on an average person. Emotionally and intellectually in the past women were not in positions of authority or decision-making because we thought they were too emotional and that should be submissive to men.
The last two or three generations have changed that. We nearly elected our first woman president last fall and women are increasingly put into higher positions of authority in public and private sector.
It’s becoming more much accepted for women to be in roles that were traditionally male. We still seem to look down on men that exhibit what are considered feminine traits.
Men that are more in tuned with their nurturing sides and might not be quite as career oriented are looked down on. It was used against me in divorce court that I was somehow not a good husband or father because I was the one home more often and taking care of our children and the house than working.
We tend to view men that show more feminine traits as somehow being weaker. This can even show up in our choices of what we like to watch or listen to. I remember being with a friend years ago and seeing the late Donna Summer at a fundraiser. I was excited to see her.
I grew up listening to her and it would be the only time I would get to see her live. My friend wanted to leave and equated it to me liking the Go-Gos. He termed both as music women would be interested. More recently someone on Facebook said something similar when I said I that I liked to watch the voice. Society is evolving hopefully as the years continue we will be less likely to judge things as being truly masculine or feminine and accept everyone’s traits and interests and human instead of being assigned to gender.
Society is evolving. hopefully, as the years continue we will be less likely to judge things as being truly masculine or feminine and accept everyone’s traits and interests and human instead of being assigned to gender.