posted on Jun, 2 2008 @ 08:48 PM
reply to post by mytquin
The ideas of masculinity and femininity are merely social constructs which we adhere to. I personally know men who are masculine that are straight
and gay, and men who are feminine that are straight and gay. The same goes for women. Gender is socially assigned, it is not born solely based on
sex. For instance, in some countries, straight men hold hands when they walk around. Something that might be seen as "feminine" in this culture,
but is the status quo in others. There are also straight transvestites.
Individuals are attracted to opposites based on many factors. There is opposites in personality, upbringing, religion, culture, etc. It is not an
attraction to opposites in a pure physical form. If that was true than men would find every woman attractive, but we don't. Everyone has specific
criteria that they judge others to be "attractive", there is no one factor.
To speak of men and women in terms of their gender roles, in my opinion, requires the combination of sex and gender, which I feel is inaccurate.
Rather, there are gender roles which are typcasted by our society, to the male and female role. There are always the "soft" boys and "tomboy"
girls however, which show that these gender roles are not natural. For every example of someone who fits a gender role, there is the opposite.
Gender roles, therefore in my opinion, are irrelevant. There is only male and female, physically, there is no "mentality" that those roles always
take. Both sexes contain the full spectrum of human personalities and behaviors.