Wikipedia defines masculinity and femininity as follows:
Masculinity is a set of attributes, behaviors and roles generally associated with boys and men.
Femininity is a set of attributes, behaviors, and roles generally associated with girls and women
At first glance it may appear harmless- a way to define and show qualities and characteristics that are inherent- existing as a permanent, and essential characteristic.
But when you look at our society, the year 12,018 of the Human Era,
some of the worst things you can call a man are effeminate, unmanly or like a girl.
Effeminate meaning having feminine qualities untypical of a man : not manly in appearance or manner.
Unmanly meaning not manly: such as being of weak character or cowardly.
Like a girl meaning characteristic of a girl.
This is because in this society and culture women are second class citizens.
What women do, wear, like and say is seen as inferior to that of men.
Even when men do things that are thought of as feminine, in order to avoid emasculation, they adopt a new term to avoid the confusion. For example, women have buns, men have Man Bun, women have a purse and men have a murse or a man purse.
But a bun is just a bun whether a man or a woman wears it.
With an ignorance of our history and a society indoctrinated to be sexist, one might not realize that these characteristics that we call masculinity and femininity are anything but inherent or absolute and accept a binary dress code.
Men have worn and continue to wear skirts and make up, as well as jewelry, beads, earrings and necklaces since their creation.
As far as hair length, for Native Americans and First Nations hair represents power. The longer a man’s hair, the more he has seen and learned. High heels were designed for men and by men. Specifically, Persian soldiers.
Show me an article of clothing or a way of dressing you think is feminine and I’ll show you a culture where it’s masculine. With 300,000 years of human life across a world of different cultures these “unchanging absolutes” of what is masculine and what is feminine are not universal and there is no type of clothing that represents a gender. In this current culture, women, and the things they do, must not be considered inferior due to their gender.
Written by : Max Moeller