Masculine vs Feminine
We all know that facial hair, a muscular body and difference in voice quality from females are masculine traits while a curvy and fuller body, a slender and delicate silhouette, and the ability to give birth to babies are feminine traits. Females are also labeled fairer sex and are considered superior to men folks as far as their resilience, sensitivity, warmth, and patience is concerned. However, despite obvious and seemingly stark differences, there is this underlying fact that both males and females belong to the same species. Let us, however, continue to highlight the difference between masculine and feminine in this article.
There are different attributes in English language that can be divided on the basis of being more masculine or feminine. For example, sensitivity is one quality or trait that has long been considered as feminine while competitiveness is one quality that has predominantly been considered as masculine. Of course, in addition to obvious differences between man and woman, there are differences in how they think, how they behave and what relationship means to them. However, it is always better to think of a continuum on every trait, and place men and women at extremes or close to each other on this continuum.
If we think of an organization from masculine worldview, we find that men think in terms of hierarchy. On the other hand, feminine worldview of an organization is that of a network. As far as tasks are concerned, masculine view is biased towards action and this view thinks of ancillary processes as slowing down things. On the other hand, female brain has more tolerance for processes. Feminine view point thinks, listens, and synthesizes ideas to give conclusion.
The reason why we are forced to think about masculine and feminine difference is because people are fed up with a kind of thinking that men are from Mars, women are from Venus. Since ancient times, women and men have been assigned gender specific roles in society and they have been dutifully playing these roles imbibing and thinking of these roles as truly their own. Thousands of years of role playing meant that women got stereotyped, and they found it hard to rise above middle levels in management in organizations. Even today, it surprises many to see a woman on top of management in an organization and there are some who find it hard to digest even.
Scientists played their part in this masculine and feminine divide by propounding left/right brain theories and thinking on the basis of differences in hormones. They analyzed men and women on the basis of physical and mental traits and came up with their own conclusions.
Despite their being sound reasons to think of masculine/feminine divide, it is prudent to think of there being a continuum with some men lying closer to women on some traits while some women lying closer to men on other traits. It would be foolish to think of a hypothetical society or utopia where masculine and feminine differences melt away, and men and women display same qualities and characteristics.