Friday, July 5, 2013

GENDER IMBALANCE - Is Society becoming increasingly “Masculine” ?

GENDER IMBALANCE
Is Society becoming increasingly “Masculine” ?
Random Ramblings of a Retired Soul
By
VIKRAM KARVE

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In modern urban India, at least in modern metropolitan cities of India, I am observing an amusing cultural metamorphosis taking place.

The thrust in professional education for women has done wonders and opened up increasing opportunities for young women.

Almost all young women work, and they take their careers seriously.

There are hardly any full time housewives or “homemakers” these days. 

Women are achieving financial independence and women are no longer dependent on their “breadwinner” husbands. 

As women work shoulder-to-shoulder with men, modern women are developing masculine traits.

Yes, in order to achieve gender equality, especially at the workplace, women can no longer act in the quintessential delicate feminine manner of yesteryear India.

In order to succeed in their careers and break the glass ceiling, women have to become more “masculine” in nature and this transformation is visible in their personality.

She Women are becoming “He Women”.

However, a corresponding reverse transformation is not taking place among men.

Women are increasingly imbibing masculine traits.

But men are not developing feminine traits.

He Men are not becoming She Men”.

Yes, She Women are becoming He Women but He Men are not becoming She Men.

Earlier we had “she-women” and “he-men”.

Now we have “he-women” and “he-men”.

This metamorphosis is disturbing the “gender equilibrium” in society.

You must have heard of Yin-Yang Balance.

A Woman is Yin.

A Man is Yang.

Yin is passive, oppressed and feminine.

Yang is active, bright and masculine.

Male toughness is balanced by Female gentleness.

Masculine Traits are balanced by Feminine Traits.

Thus, gender balance or gender equilibrium is maintained.

Yin-Yang Balance helps maintain Harmony.

Disturbing the delicately poised “gender equilibrium” may upset Yin-Yang Balance.

This, in turn, will cause gender related stress, tension, conflict and disharmony in society. 

We are already seeing increasing evidence of such disharmony and its consequent ramifications which include gender based crime, violence and abuse and the rise in divorce rate, breakup and marital discord.

What is the solution?

Well, if you are a “mathematician” or “scientist” you will say:

It is simple – just balance the “gender equilibrium” equation.

If increasing masculization of women is balanced by corresponding feminization of men, gender balance will be restored, and the problem will be mitigated.

All you have to do is to balance the increasing number of “he-women” by a corresponding number of “she-men”.

But this is easier said than done.

In today’s urban scenario, owing to compulsions of the workplace, or as a consequence of cultural modernization in society, women are developing masculine traits.

Yes, “she-women” are increasingly becoming “he-women”.

Now, in order to achieve Yin-Yang Balance, and restore gender equilibrium, are modern men prepared to imbibe feminine traits?

Are “he-men” prepared to become “she-men” in order to balance the effect of “she-women” becoming “he-women”?

If women become like men, then men must become like women in order to counterbalance the overall effect and ensure gender equilibrium in society.

If this does not happen, Yin-Yang balance will be disturbed. 

The result will be that society will become increasingly “masculine” in nature.

The consequential ramifications of this behavioural imbalance will not augur well for societal harmony in general and gender harmony in particular.

Think about it.

I look forward to your comments and views.

VIKRAM KARVE
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