Maybe just a bunch of confused men trying to figure out how to open doors for us without offending our independent and empowered selves?

Feminism and femininity are two distinct concepts that are often confused with each other.

Femininity is a set of qualities, traits, and behaviours traditionally associated with women. These include gracefulness, compassion, empathy, sensitivity, kindness, nurturing, gentleness, grace and elegance. Femininity is not limited to physical appearance or gender roles, but is rather a holistic concept that encompasses a wide range of qualities and behaviours.

Feminism is a social and political movement that advocates for gender equality and aims to dismantle gender-based discrimination and oppression. It seeks to challenge and transform the social, economic, and political systems that perpetuate gender inequality.

Society’s traditional gender roles have been challenged by feminist movements and lead us where we are today. It’s important to recognise that women have made significant strides in achieving leadership positions, gaining rights, and becoming independent and self-sufficient.
In that process, some women have come to realise that in their pursuit of equality with men, they may have lost a part of their femininity and sense of self.

Where does this leave men?
The concept of masculinity in men also has undergone significant changes in recent years due to the feminist movement. The traditional image of a strong and dominant man has been challenged, and many men have felt confused about their role in society.
Now, men are encouraged to embrace their emotions and to show vulnerability, which
was once seen as a sign of weakness, to be empathetic, compassionate, and caring, to be involved in household chores and childcare, which were once considered women’s work.

At the same time, when it comes to attraction and building a long-lasting relationship, both men and women have very different things they look for in a partner.
Men are typically expected to be strong, dominant, protective, confident, intelligent and ambitious, while women are expected to be nurturing, emotional, kind, supportive and understanding.

Wait, What? Has feminism become “Toxic” to healthy relationships?

In all developed countries, political and legal equality is clearly defined now, so it may be time to pause and reflect on discovering a more efficient way to maintain this process. Maybe we can integrate the idea that perfect balance will differ for each person and allow men and women to establish relationships based on supporting each other’s individual goals and aspirations. This will enable each partner to find a balance between their needs and desires while contributing to their partner’s growth and well-being by working as a team.