Being born a woman and playing the role (and the duties that come with it) to the tee wasn’t an all too happy experience for me. It was only when I decided to walk the path less travelled did I discover the ‘man’ in me that had co-existed all along but was never allowed to show up for patriarchal reasons we are well aware of. When I finally recognized and embraced my multifaceted nature, I gained the confidence to challenge societal norms and become the architect of my own destiny.
For centuries, societal norms and expectations have assigned specific roles and attributes to individuals based on their gender. However, the evolution of thought and the quest for equality have led us to a profound revelation: within every woman resides a unique blend of femininity and masculinity, commonly referred to as the “man side.” This concept challenges traditional gender stereotypes, opening up a dialogue about self-discovery, empowerment, and embracing the multifaceted nature of human identity.
The Power of Balance
Embracing the man side within women is not about negating their femininity; instead, it is about acknowledging the harmonious coexistence of both aspects. Every woman possesses a unique blend of qualities that make her a distinct individual. Embracing the man side represents the equilibrium between strength and sensitivity, ambition and empathy, logic and intuition. This balance empowers women to navigate the complexities of life with resilience and grace.
Acknowledging the man side encourages a woman to recognize that gender is not a binary concept but a multi-faceted spectrum. Understanding the man side of every woman is a journey of self-discovery and involves delving deep into one’s psyche, self-awareness, and self-acceptance laying the foundation for empowerment. This affords women the freedom to express themselves authentically, unrestricted by societal expectations that has been plagued by gender disparities for generations.
Not just an idea
This is not just a thought-provoking idea; it is a call to action for individuals, communities, and societies to embrace inclusivity, challenge stereotypes, and champion equality.
This is a step towards a future where everyone is free to be their authentic selves. As we continue on this transformative journey, let us celebrate the multifaceted nature of every human, be it a man or a woman, empowering them to embrace their uniqueness and contribute meaningfully to the tapestry of human experience that shapes our world.
Shaguffta Pattel is an Image Transformation Specialist and Progressive Parenting Coach, she is also the PR Director at ASPIRE. Living a life of complete despair, she successfully turned her life around 180 degrees at age 38 and has never looked back since. She is now committed to helping individuals to create a life that is in alignment to their personal and professional goals.