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The Androgynous Male

The Androgynous Male

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The Androgynous Male
Noel Perrin, in “The Androgynous Male,” describes his self-image in terms of how hedoes not meet traditional sex-role expectations for men in society. He rememberedin his childhood, he was trying to suppress and repress his emotions and pretendedto be strong and masculine. As he grows up, he felt confident about himself insteadof feeling inferior. He explains a lot of benefits and freedoms for being a spirituallyandrogynous and he feels sad that many of us never discover that there is a rangeof choices open for us. There are a large number of men living in the world who aretoo busy copying the he-men. Those men fail to find out men and women come in awide variety of acceptable types. Perrin gave two reasons for this frantic imitation.First, he believes those men are just envious of the he-man’s unconscious ease. Theother reason is that those men are in the fear of finding that there may besomething wrong with them deep down. To avoid drawing surprised and evensuspicious reactions from others, they spend their lives acting out the role that thehe-man naturally lives. In my opinion, I think there is no solid line between machoand feminismo. Androgynous, to me, is the ability to feel comfort and joy in doingthings that are traditionally the domain of the opposite gender. Only those who lackconfidence in themselves will seek to imitate others. If we always follow all the rulesof what we should be, then our psychological condition may be under greatpressure. We should see the occasional weakness as a kind of fulfillment. The factthat we keep struggling to repress inner feeling will lessen our ability to know,honor and respect ourselves. Actually, an androgynous man is knowledgeable,honorable, and respectful of all things that shape his life.Perrin describes his reactions to a magazine quiz which indicated that he was“barely masculine” 1.2 on a scale of 1 to 10. Further examination andintrospection convinces Perrin not only of the superficial dynamics of the quiz, butthat there is a large class of men and women who are essentially androgynous. Thatdoesn’t mean they are gay, or low in the appropriate hormones, or uncomfortableperforming the jobs traditionally assigned their sexes. In “The Androgynous Man,”Perrin gave us several examples of what the freedom of the androgynous man is todefine the androgynous male. In his own case of being baby sitter, he got anopportunity to see a child eat and sew patches on the knees of his daughter. He hada lot of pleasure nurturing his daughter. Also, because his daughter had gone toLondon, he had to look after the cat for his daughter. It makes him know how silkycat fur is when one night he simply felt like kissing the cat. After that, he started tofeel free to kiss cats. Moreover, he read the book entitled “Home Repairs AnyWoman Can Do” which he never read when he was a youth due to the fear of becoming transvestite. In addition, he never mind crying in the public now whenseeing an emotional scene in a play. I think Perrin might describe the androgynous

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