• Vaskane
    Gender is latin for Genus which is also their word for nation. Now with that in mind, look up the difference between a Nation and a State, and you'll come to understand the difference between Gender and Sex (Gender: Metaphysical, Sex: Physical).
  • Roke

    Thanks, that's helpful.

    So when a person expresses masculine traits to the world they are expressing an aspect of their gender which is an aspect of their identity. But they can also express these traits to themselves: reflecting upon how, as a man, they feel that.... — Moliere

    What are some examples of masculine traits?
  • Londoner
    Since nobody else has mentioned it, I'd remark that in the olden days gender was something words had; masculine, feminine and (in some languages) neuter. The modern meaning seems to date from 1963. So its not surprising we should be unsure what it means; whenever you get a new word various factions will fight over ownership.
  • andrewk
    Just think of the things that women can do that men can't and vice versa simply based on their anatomy. Many species have sexual dimorphisms where the size and shape of the bodies can vary between sexes and each one has their own possible behaviors bases on their design.Harry Hindu
  • Moliere
    What are some examples of masculine traits?Roke

    I think that's a tricky question -- not that I couldn't list things that come to mind, but I'd temper any such list by noting that traits are historically fluid. What counts as masculine changes depending on when, where, and who.

    But, to use part of my little frame, I'd say that social impression (which, naturally, derives from my own upbringing and the particular sub-culture which that upbringing took place in) makes these sorts of traits masculine: Protective of the people you love, actively listen to your wife, earn enough money to support your family, make the first move in courtship, remain faithful to God, never give up, never complain, work hard

    Some of these traits could been seen in the feminine as well. They are not mutually exclusive, per se (and I would say that my particular sub-culture is strongly structured around a binary of gender, where the two are treated very differently). But they are bound up in the identity as a man within this particular sub-group, rather than as bound up in a feminine identity. So it's not the traits, per se, which define the masculine and the feminine. In some sense identifying as a man is just as simple as that -- you are identified/identifiy within this particular gender, often but not exclusively bound up with sexuality, and finding what it means is actually a part of a journey (like a lot of parts of ones identity); there are general characteristics which we can talk about, but even within a particular category one is on a journey of discovery/creation of what it means to be said gender.
  • CuddlyHedgehog
    actually, I'm not sure about orang-utans. Are they social?andrewk

    Very! Have you tried chatting them up?
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