I’ve spent years trying to figure this one out and I finally have my answer: I don’t know what it is.
Well, I do and I don’t.
I can’t understand why people ever started saying men and women are equal or the same, and I really don’t know why they say “a girl can do anything a boy cand o.”
My dad always responds to that by saying “except pee standing up.”
Guys laugh at that and girls roll their eyes.
I could think of a few other things men can do that women can’t…and vice versa.
You’d be surprised how many men don’t even know what a menstrual cycle is, other than it makes girls super emotional.
And not all girls, and not all the time, I only get emotional sometimes. Other time sI hardly notice.
You know I find that if I pick any one trait and think “men are more this than women” I immediately have a few examples come to my mind of men who defy that generalization.
My dad is by far the most emotional person in my family, my mom might go through a whole week or month without yelling more than once or twice, my dad can rarely go through two days.
My mom is one of those people who smile more than laugh, my dad laughs all the time even in negative conversations.
Men are supposedly better drivers and better at math, my mom beats my dad at both those things.
My parents are both exceptional anyway, but that’s just the two of them. I know other boys and girls who defy stereotypes. I know guys who like to knit or sew or cook. I know girls like me who prefer self defense to ballet. That’s not so uncommon anymore.
The point is, if I pick any one thing, I can’t generalize. Both men and women participate in every activity you could think of. From the best things to the worst. Some things it would be nice to rule men out or women. It would be nice if it was true that women don’t sleep around and go from man to man like they were sampling them, and that men are never emotionally needy and clingy. But it’s not.
If I listen to any given conversation around my campus I’ll have proof of this. Boys can be just as emotional and annoying about it as girls, and girls can frankly be just as inconsiderate as boys are more reputed to be in relationships.
And boys can be sensitive and caring, I don’ know why every genre except chick flicks and the rare kids’ movie seems to not get this. In some cultures a man might be more likely to cry than a woman in some situations. It used to be unladylike for a woman to demonstrate too many motions in public, now it;s weird for a man to do that.
Social fads never mean much anyway, people are too diverse.
I can’t trace he difference between men an women to any hobby or personality trait in particular. Humor can be one consistent difference, but not always. I laugh when people get slugged in movies if i feel it was merited. Even though violence isn’t supposed to be funny to girls.
Sometimes I wonder if I am mannish because I like things girls aren’t supposed to like that much. But I don’t consider myself odd given that I grew up with no brothers and a father who’s main way to enjoy playing with his kids was to buy them war and weapon themed toys. When you’re a girl and your dad is into very masculine stuff, you adapt and become flexible.
Now, true to the expectation, my mom couldn’t care less about that stuff, so I ended up with diverse interests. I am one of many girls or boys that did.
It’s not like boys never learn to do more homemaking stuff from their mom, or even their dad.
This isn’t about what we do, really, it’s not about how we feel. Men and women feel pretty much the same about things. The only difference I notice, and this difference is slight at best, is men seem to feel embarrassed for feeling as much as they do and they deny it, giving the wrong impression that they don’t care.
While girls only feel embarrassed about certain feelings.
Guys will downplay excitement, enthusiasm, sadness, and compassion into “guy” terms. Actions, and short sentences. (Usually, but you’ll have your Shakespearean poetic fellow now and again.)
Girls tend not to downplay positive feelings to each other, they might around guys. But they will downplay negative feelings a lot of time.
I think being bubbly and glad is perceived as a girly thing, so after a certain age most men drop it and hide their good feelings, while women only bring out those feelings, or else resort to being business like.
Again, this is still subject to personal choice. There are exceptions. That’s the only general rule I’ve seen to really apply however.
I will give men a tip here, with girls if you don’t express positive feelings she’s going to assume you feel negatively, or worse indifferent. Indifference is worse, at least to me. If you’re negative I can fight with you at least. Anything is better than stagnation. Guys usually think women are reading into it when they assume the worst, but that’s imply how we communicate.
Conversely, I’ve learned that if I have a spat with my dad I’ll fix things a lot sooner by doing something then by just saying I’m sorry.
I think this boils down to women wanting to know you feel remorse, and men wanting to know you’ll actually take responsibility for your actions.
However, I still say we all have both, it’s just which one it takes to seal the deal that differs.
That said, the real difference between men and women isn’t something you can diagnose. And people are trying to diagnose it so they can cure it.
I don’t care if men are different from me, if they’ll just stop griping about it. I’d hope they feel the same way. God made us different.
You see, our differences are something in us grater than the sum of our parts. It’s not whether you wear make up or wear cologne that makes you a man or a woman. It’s something in your soul.
One reason i don’t believe that people can be transgender. As I just said, emotionally you cant’ really pinpoint the difference between the sexes, it’s soulful, or spiritual if you will. We kind of just sense that it’s there. If you interact with a man or a woman for nay length of time, you’ll feel the difference.
Ironically gay people may actually be more likely to realize men and women are very different, they’ve just decided they don’t like one or the other.