Hi all, not sure if this is right place to post, but my 17 year old SS is doing a study, basically a tally chart, of what people think defines feminine and masculine. She wants three adjectives for each. She's done a paper survey in her town centre but not had as many results as she'd like. I said I'd try mn for her. Any takers?
Oh dear, I'm afraid the three words which spring to my mind are "made up bollocks" - but I suspect that's not what she had in mind. Actually (because Buffy made a very acute post on a different thread pointing out that social structures like this aren't "made up bollocks" in the sense that they are abitrary, but rather reflect power structures within society) a more nuanced answer might be "it's socially constructed, variable across cultures - though according to my anthropologist friend pretty much all cultures have "masculine" and "feminine" categories, even if they don't agree on what they are, but generally speaking functions as a means of pigeon-holing people to the detriment of women."
I agree with AHell - chat would be better for this sort of survey.