Does Nature Determine the Share of Masculinity and Femininity in Society?

31 08 2009

It is interesting to note that the research on the differences between men and women continues. Does nature really determine the share of masculinity and femininity in society? Is this a fact or just a stigma in our society plaguing around?

For definition purposes, let us simply characterize masculinity as having the qualities associated with men, and femininity as having the traits of women in general. Meanwhile, nature is humankind’s original or natural condition. In this respect, it is very obvious that men in nature are physically different with women.

Physical Differences
By mere looking at men, one will immediately see a big difference between men and women. The skeletal structure of men is bigger than women. Men weigh heavier than female. This is attributed to the biological difference between the two sexes. Men produce higher levels of testosterone than women and lower levels of estrogen. Testosterone is a sex hormone produced by the testes that encourages the development of male sexual characteristics such as having beard and a deep voice. The larynx or the voice box grows bigger during puberty that’s why the voice becomes deep. Estrogen on the other hand is a female hormone produced by the ovaries. This hormone triggers menstruation and prominent breasts than men.

Meanwhile, the brain of the men is said to be generally 2% bigger than female. However, this does not have a correlation with the intelligence of the two sexes. Men think at problem solving one at a time while women could handle multiple problems. Men also have greater upper body strength, bigger hands, bigger feet, thicker skull and they easily build muscle than women.

Sociological Differences
There are several nurturing non-physical attributes that differentiates men and women. One would be related to sociological. Women are more pronounced to have talent in human relations. They are more seen as having effective communications skills. They know when and how to listen to other people. They have the ability to connect hence they become more emphatic than men. They want to know how problems are solved in details and not just solving a problem. Men tend to be less talkative and prefer to be in isolation or play sports rather than communicating with other people. Hence, they only want to solve the problem itself. Men prefer bigger picture and show competence in solving problems.

If you will go to remote places and observe how the two sexes have evolved millions of years ago, you will find out that their communal lives have been dictated by culture. Outside a city, there are still existing practices that women are not encouraged to work having the notion that it is the male who should provide for the family’s welfare. Men tend to go hunting for food and women prefer to stay at home to take care of the children. In politics, few women have been accepted in office. Until few years ago, it was still not feminine to be in public office. Fortunately, there is now gender equality between the two sexes in public office. Both men and women have increasing opportunity to land a job where men used to dominate.

The Final Scorecard
Does this therefore lead to masculinity and femininity within the society the live in?
While there is still a continual study on the differences between men and women, one will not be able to point out if nature indeed determines the share of masculinity and femininity in society. One has to take into consideration individual differences in terms of personalities rather than gender. Men and women are both equal but they are different. The bottom line message here is that society plays a pivotal role in influencing acceptance between femininity and masculinity.

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