Descriptive and Conceptual Dynamics Of Femininity and Masculinity

descriptive-and-conceptual-standardUnfortunately, Western culture and religion, including the Bible and Christianity, have greatly over-emphasized the conceptually masculine side of reality and this has caused much distortion and damage to the world.  In using the term “masculine”, I do not mean it as a gender, although in some ways there is a loose and general relationship between the characteristics that most males possess and traits used ideologically as masculine.  Instead, I am referring to the way this word is used in philosophy, psychology, religious studies and theology to discuss how various parts of truth can be seen, ignored, appreciated or diminished due to the foundational presuppositions in one’s worldview.

To have a society, philosophy or religion that is vigorously strong and realistically integrated into human nature, non-human nature and God, I think a thorough combination of feminine and masculine elements must be remembered, maintained, valued and engaged: 

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Masculine and feminine traits are found in both females and males.  All people are psychologically androgynous with inherent feminine and masculine energies that greatly anticipate vital flourishing.  The interaction of these elements can be observed in every academic and practical field of life: history, relationships, philosophy, business, science, religion, politics, sports, etc.   As well, in human physiology, males and females possess both estrogen and testosterone in great variation per individual.

Femininity

Masculinity

Flexible Strength

Rigid Strength

Compassion

Principle

Intuition

Rationality

Both/And Logic

Either/Or Logic

Multi-function

Uni-function

Sustainability

Efficiency

Relationship-focused

Task-focused

Cyclical

Linear

Freedom

Structure

Eastern

Western

Spontaneity

Predictability

Pleasure

Duty

Liberal

Conservative

Holism

Reductionism

Fluid

Solid

Emotion

Thought

Desegregating

Compartmentalizing

Poetic

Mechanical

Lateral

Hierarchical

Process-oriented

Goal-oriented

Softness

Hardness

Democratic

Republican

Yin

Yang

Experience

Tradition

Right-brain

Left-brain

Cooperation

Competition

Interdependence

Independence

Energy

Consciousness

Artistic

Scientific

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