Qualities of the Feminine and Masculine: A Table

Updated: Oct 20

Taking a masculine approach to understanding the yin/yang dynamic -- in all of its glory of light and shadow -- here's a table from my The Feminine Repressed presentation that can help make the differences a bit more digestible.

Remember that while these traits may be socialized and raised into us based on our gender, they are separate from gender. A man can be dominant in feminine traits, a woman dominant in masculine traits, a non-binary person dominant in either, and trans people can be dominant in either, as well. The point isn't how your gender matches up with the traits but how you being socialized to conform to the traits based on your gender may have created wounding and incongruence for you; unconscious reactions that made you shun parts of yourself you loved and have to over-develop parts of yourself you never felt very connected to but were convinced you were "supposed to."