The Role of Women

In exploring the feminine versus feminism I think it is only fair to address the elephant: sexual identity and roles of the female.

It is very clear that the sexual identity of women in the 21st Century, and therefore that of men, has smeared the once black and white distinction into a watery gray mess.

Lets begin with some definitions:

Feminine: is an adjective. It has 5 meanings associated with it:

  1. pertaining to a woman or girl: feminine beauty; feminine dress.
  2. having qualities traditionally ascribed to women, as sensitivity or gentleness.
  3. effeminate; womanish: a man with a feminine walk.
  4. belonging to the female sex; female: feminine staff members.
  5. Grammar . noting or pertaining to that one of the three genders of Latin, Greek, German, etc., or one of the two genders of French, Spanish, hebrew, etc., having among its members most nouns referring to females, as well as other nouns, as Latin stella  “star,” or German Zeit  “time.”

Masculine: is an adjective and has 4 meanings associated with it:

  1. pertaining to or characteristic of a man or men: masculine attire.
  2. having qualities traditionally ascribed to men, as strength and boldness.
  3. Grammar . noting or pertaining to the gender of Latin, Greek, German, French, Spanish, hebrew, etc., which has among its members most nouns referring to males, as well as other nouns, as Spanish dedo,  “finger,” German Bleistift,  “pencil.”
  4. (of a woman) mannish.

Female: is both a noun and an adjective and has 5 meanings between the two parts of speech

Noun

  1. a person bearing two X chromosomes in the cell nuclei and normally having a vagina, a uterus and ovaries, and developing at puberty a relatively rounded body and enlarged breasts, and retaining a beardless face; a girl or woman.
  2. an organism of the sex or sexual phase that normally produces egg cells.

Adjective

  1. of, pertaining to, or being a female animal or plant.
  2. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a female person; feminine: female suffrage; female charm.
  3. composed of females: a female readership.

Male: is also both a noun and an adjective and has 5 meanings between the two parts of speech

Noun

  1. a person bearing an X and Y chromosome pair in the cell nuclei and normally having a penis, scrotum, and testicles, and developing hair on the face at adolescence; a boy or man.
  2. an organism of the sex or sexual phase that normally produces a sperm cell or male gamete.

Adjective

  1. of, pertaining to, or being a male animal or plant.
  2. pertaining to or characteristic of a male person; masculine: a male voice.
  3. composed of males: a male choir.

This watery, gray mess that has become our culture of female, male; feminine, masculine; transgender and sexuality it’s no wonder that how we once viewed and identified with sexual identity is now unclear. How many times have we asked ourselves is that a guy or a girl? And what about this sudden trend in parenting to raise a child in a gender neutral environment? Not to mention the trends in fashion that make it difficult to determine what’s what for who except for the fact that it is located on the guys or girls side of a store. But these trends are not new, nor are they really the subject of this exploration.

What is the sexual identity of women and what are their roles?

In an effort to not only break through glass ceilings but to simply be in the room where the glass ceiling is, women have assumed that in order to prosper in the work force they needed to remove as much feminine identity as possible. they did this by wearing pants and men’s suits, acting like “the big boys” and all that did for women was set us back. While some women gained titles and raises it prompted other women to act in less than respectable ways. Women are notorious for cat fighting and backstabbing and gossiping just to undermind another woman. These types of behaviors do nothing for women and it restricts us with our own glass ceiling that, until we are able to reach out and help eachother up and become building blocks to one another, we will always make less, and be less successful than men.

One good sign of our virtual social connections and a generation removed several times from the feminist movement of the 1960’s, is that much of that fight against traditional roles of women has been cast aside. We are seeing more women choosing motherhood and home caretaker because they want to, not because they are told to. As much as culture has become a watery gray mess we are beginning to see the lines being drawn once again in black and white. The only difference is this time, women are the ones drawing the lines.

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