Gender And Gender Characteristics

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What is required to be labeled as masculine or feminine? Is it based upon physical features? Or is it based upon the person’s personality? Unfortunately, in today's society gender is often associated with a person’s physique. A man earns the label of being masculine through his substantial muscles, sharp look, social status, extravagant attire and his remarkable height. Meanwhile, a woman is labeled as feminine through her body language, make-up, physical features, social status, and exposing clothing. Gender characteristics should not be defined by physical attributes, they should be defined by the person’s personality. Personality is what truly defines a person’s gender whether a male or female. To have the dignity of being labeled a man or woman, it is a must to behave like a gentleman or a lady. Today’s males and females often feel compelled to fulfill the image of their gender physical “attractive” attributes. For men this includes having alluring muscles, but other men think otherwise “Toughness is in the soul and spirit, not in muscles”( Alex Karras). This quote describes something few men comprehend; society expects men to exercise their physical muscles, but men fail to recognize that internal features are more outstanding than physical features, such as gentlemanly conduct. Meanwhile, majority of women also focus heavily on their physiques as they seem to try to look like the ideal “appealing” woman, but some women realize the fact that in reality there is no

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