In the article, “A Feminine Style” in Women’s Political Discourse, it talks about how words like “feminine” are used as opposed to words like “female” or “woman” because feminism refers to the idea of what women in our culture are supposed to be. Women in today’s society are held to a standard of feminism that is defined by our culture. There are certain guildelines that women are expected to adhere to in order to receive respect as a woman. There is an expectation in our society that all women should fit these criteria, and if they don’t, they are not normal. A common misconception is that women are born with these feminine traits. However, these commonalities among women are mainly acquired through experience and conforming to the norms of society.
Masculinity of Power
Power is associated with masculinity making it more difficult for women to be powerful or to be taken seriously as powerful figures. Women who are in positions of power are constantly being criticized for not acting in a feminine way. Dr. Gray states that “our society still believes in sex-role theory , which says that we humans learn from society’s institutions to behave in ways appropriate to our sex. This theory explains the major personality differences between men and women and why there is such a distinction between women power and male power in today’s society.
This article points out that women are often clumped into one and their personalities are all considered as a variation of “feminine style.” This is actually true to a certain extent in that most women share common ideals and outlooks on the world. Studies show that this “feminine style”is not in fact a biological component of women or something they are born with but more of an adapted style that comes from experiences. Experiences that relate to being a woman such as nurturing, and caring for their families. This study also found that women in politics have a different “style” than the men which makes their political agenda different. Woman are said to be more focused on bettering situations and empowering others where as men are more concerned with power over others. According to a Harvard study, women have more “Gaia values than men—qualities that aren’t yet explicitly valued in the workplace.” Women are more empathetic by nature making men more suitable for powerful positions in the workplace. Many women choose not to take on positions of power because of the high pressure and high responsibility.