Tuesday, 1 April 2014
THE START OF WOMANHOOD
Soon after a child is born, parents behave differently towards the child depending on its sex. The way parents behave towards a child because of its sex as well as their expectations from that child has an impart on the pattern of behaviour of a child. This impart makes the child to behave in a feminine or a masculine way. Once the child's behaviour is conditioned in such a way, it is very difficult to change.
A child's masculine or feminine behaviour, depending on its sex has two components. The first is the way a person behaves to others to demonstrate he or she is a male or female. The second is the person's own awareness that he or she is a male or female.
There are those who fear that any reduction in the differences between how the sexes look and behave and what they do in sexual encounters, in work or in play will lead to a destruction of the fabric of society. This is a false fear. Equality of opportunity for women in all spheres of activity will not reduce the gender-identity of women but rather will permit women to develop as freer human beings. The reduction in a man's competitiveness and aggression and the social permission for him to show emotion and affection will not reduce his male gender identity but will enable him to relate freely and equally with other human beings irrespective of their sex