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Manhood and Femininity

Nadia Khaloof
2020 / 12 / 24

The first thing to come to mind when the word masculinity is heard is usually a man flexing his gigantic muscles, as the word might sound to suggest, ´-or-that hero who rides a horse and wields a sword.
Differences in gender roles of men and women have been a topic of debate for years. People argue whether there is still masculinity and femininity in today’s society. Masculinity defined by Gordon as being protective, aggressive, assertive, competitive, confident, and independent .Femininity can be defined as being honest, loving, kind, empathetic.
The challenges of feminism made men feel uneasy and confused about their power and identity. sins the 1960 .Women insisted that men had also to be more involved in relationship and take greater responsibility for domestic work and childcare. However men had great difficulties in accepting the loss of power and status that has gone. Emotion was the symbol of female that men supposed to rule. If men showed their emotion, it was not right thing to being men. But even though they did right thing, they felt self- contradiction and insecure about themselves. Why, because the society educated them that way .
Why do men fear that women will get their rights?
I see that the reason is that society revealed to them that they are the strongest, and their mind is the safest.
Of course, not all men are against feminism.Through out the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the majority of feminist authors emerged from France including François Poullain de La Barre, Denis Diderot, Paul Henri Thiry d Holbach, and Charles Louis de Montesquieu.
In the early 1980s, the men s rights campaign emerged in America in response to the feminist movement. Activists for men s rights refer to themselves as "masculinists"´-or-are labeled as such .The men s rights movement and mythopoetic .Men s movement is considered part of an antifeminist response by some feminists.
What is feminism?
The definition of feminism is extremely hard to come ,but we can say that feminism “the advocacy of social equality for men and women, in opposition to a patriarchy and sexism.”
The gender-based movement was a worldwide movement. Its focus was to globalize the feminist movement and awareness and help every woman across the globe, irrespective of race, color, class, and ethnicity. It aimed at the demand of physical ,mental ,social ,cultural ,economical ,personal and psychological equality. Feminism needs to be understood as essentially concerned with the equality of women and man, and with the attempt to attain equal, legal and political rights for women. Feminism is a movements and ideologies, based on a common goal to fight for equal political, economical, cultural, personal, social and educational rights for women. It demands equal

rights for women in all spheres of life and eradication of discrimination and injustice to women on gender basis . A feminist is one who believes that women should have equal opportunities and freedom with men.
Gender inequality is one of the basic problems, women are facing for decades, till now that the problems of some women are still unsolved. The problems faced by developed and developing countries can vary in nature but still exist. In developed countries also ,women are facing problems of lacking political participation ,unequal wages ,subordinated jobs ,unequal and unpaid household chores ,abductions ,rapes , domestic violence ,sexual harassment and lack of opportunities. Feminism has a great importance in the history as a movement struggled for the legitimate rights of women and prepared the women to stand side by side with men in all spheres of life .So , Feminism can be as the widely discussed and widely avoided topic at the same time because of some radical elements included in this movement .
The change needs to start from our homes, so as a whole, the new generation of males and females grow up in a world where patriarchy is non- existent and where men and women, have a freedom to express themselves in any way and without the fear of offending people just because they don t satisfy gender.




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