What is behind the conflict between male and female gender roles?

The Feminism Movement cannot succeed until there is a full understanding of what lies at the heart of the issue. Keen observers will admit that in general terms each human being has both masculine and feminine aspects within them. In general terms, a male can be quite nurturing, which is a feminine characteristic, and a female can be assertive, which is a masculine trait.

We could agree that for each person to express male and female qualities according to the situation is a good thing. To seek to balance any human trait in every aspect of life is surely what we aim for.

If we survey the development of the human race over the last, say 100 years, we see gender roles merging. Sometimes when we see a person on the street we may not be sure if they are a male or a female. Perhaps the focus given to the equality of women is a sign of this gender fluidity.

To understand what is really going on here we need to look more deeply into the makeup of the human being. This crisis in gender identity is evidence of the development of the Higher Self, the I-being. The ‘I’ cannot be either male or female; it can only be a combination of both. The ‘I’ expresses itself in a masculine or feminine way according to the situation, it doesn’t align with one or the other.

To align with one gender or another is an instinctive mode of behaviour – one that we see in the animal kingdom. Human beings are not higher animals, they are humans. Human beings are as different from animals as animals are from plants, and plants are from stones. Without understanding this distinction we will never understand the true nature of human beings, and hence the rise of the Feminism Movement.

Another consideration is that if females express themselves in a more masculine way it could indicate that they wish they were a male, and vice versa for males.

Considering these ideas we can understand that at the heart of the Feminism Movement is the call to respect that we are all human. It calls for a balanced attitude, not placing greater value on masculinity or femininity but giving each other the freedom to express ourselves according to our capabilities.

Image: Adam And Eve by Rubens

Read more about the human ‘I’ and gender in my book

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