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Posted 3/1/15
What is masculine? What does masculinity mean to you? as well as the inverse i.e: femininity.
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Having a penis. What.. are there other pre-requisites i wasn't informed of ?

The concepts of femininity and masculinity are both bullshit. You are just "you".

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Masculinity, unlike womanhood, is something a man can achieve, but can also lose.
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moonlightserenity wrote:

Masculinity, unlike womanhood, is something a man can achieve, but can also lose.


What?
Posted 3/1/15 , edited 3/5/15

narfington wrote:


moonlightserenity wrote:

Masculinity, unlike womanhood, is something a man can achieve, but can also lose.


What?


Haven't you heard of "step up to the plate and BE a man!" before? It would seem that "real men" are an elite group. They are just stereotypes , of course, but they hold powerful social implications in society.
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Posted 3/1/15 , edited 3/5/15

moonlightserenity wrote:


narfington wrote:


moonlightserenity wrote:

Masculinity, unlike womanhood, is something a man can achieve, but can also lose.


What?


Haven't you heard of "step up to the plate and BE a man!" before? It would seem that "real men" are an elite group. They are just stereotypes , of course, but they hold powerful social implications in society.


Aaah I guess you're right. I personally never cared for that crap though.

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Posted 3/1/15 , edited 3/2/15
I dunno. Maybe wrestling bears?
Posted 3/2/15
masculine: deep voice, uncaring, emotionless, non-naggy, is not metro, doesn't care about fashion, hairy. small eyes, strong jaws, thin lips.

feminine: high pitched voice, sensitive, full of emotions, beautiful--big eyes, full lips, metro, cares about fashion and trends. motherly/caring.
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Posted 3/2/15 , edited 3/2/15
The idea of masculinity in regards to gender roles is a social construct. We seem to have an innate desire to fit individuals into perfect, organized, little categories and we feel uncomfortable when an individual deviates from what we've determined to be the "norm".

We all know that men are viewed as strong individuals who protect others, are powerful, composed and natural born leaders whereas women are viewed as weaker individuals who need protecting/"need a man" and are often "over emotional" and aren't able to do what men can do.

Masculinity and femininity are complete opposites. It's almost as if the idea of femininity (which is constantly changing, especially among those who identify as such and relate to such) is a form of putting down an entire gender to feed the ego of the other. These days however femininity is reflective of more positive connotations such as nurturing, loving, in touch with their emotions, honest, mentally strong and capable.

My view on the entire topic is simply that I find it disappointing. I find it disappointing that men are expected to/given a free pass/encouraged to sleep around (or pretend they did) to inflate their own ego whereas women are expected to be saints, to abstain, to be "pure". Men will be praised for their actions, whereas women will be harassed for theirs. On the other hand women are expected to be "crazy" and "over emotional" whereas men are expected to "not have feelings" and to keep up a strong front because "be a man/men don't cry".

It's sad how in both scenarios it's women (and those who identify as such) that get the short end of the stick. They're constantly being put down to a) boost ones own ego due to their astounding lack of self esteem and their overwhelming insecurity re: their sex life, not being able to express their own emotions out of fear they won't be "manly" anymore etc or b) because they are expected to express what men are expected to suppress so a lot of individuals project their own frustrations at the suppression they're facing.

Men have 'power', but when a man's "masculinity" is threatened he has the power to hurt a lot of people in the process of attempting to build himself up. Have we not established that the only people who care about how many people you've slept with and how "impressive" it is are just other men who are fronting because they're insecure about the very same thing? There are a lot of discussion that need to be opened up because it's hurting a lot of people and change is needed to loosen the grasp of these strict constructs that dictate many lives.

In the end, masculinity cannot exist without femininity and vise versa. Often times what one has, the other lacks. Falling in line with the original contrast between the two, especially back when women were expected to stay in the kitchen (which actually wasn't that long ago) - To be masculine is to have, to be feminine is to lack.
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Posted 3/2/15
Masculinity is a hard thing to come by apparently. Mature masculinity, that is. I was reading a book by Robert Moore about archetypes that Carl Jung had researched. I can't say I quite know much about it, but it's a transition that's difficult for us from being a boy to becoming a mature 'masculine' man. There are many masculine people, but damaged ones who are still immature and remain so throughout their adult life and all other kinds of things.
Even having read some of this though, I can't say I really know what masculinity means to me...I suppose mature is right...but image wise...What GayAsianBoy says is a pretty accurate description
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Posted 3/2/15
What has two thumbs & is totally masculine?

This guy.
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Posted 3/2/15 , edited 3/2/15

mdmrn wrote:

What has two thumbs & is totally masculine?

This guy.


I have no argument there. You look totally masculine. Also dat beard just screams manliness.

Here is the manliest song ever. Every time you listen to it, it makes you 90% manlier
http://youtu.be/ZSS5dEeMX64
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Posted 3/2/15 , edited 3/2/15
Masculinity is a pain in the ass. Wish it would just go away. Though this is a short weak baby face guy who hates sports, hates drinking alcohol, can't grow a beard, and is a nerdy virgin who is saying this.

The only manly things I have are deep voice and changing car tires, filter, and oil. but that's it

Still I wonder what the benefits are for the non masculine guys.



On femininity I kinda wanna help it out, because it might benefit me more. And equalize the values.
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Posted 3/2/15

potentsativa wrote:

What is masculine? What does masculinity mean to you?


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