Masculinity is a word used to describe traits which can be found in people of all sexes and genders. For me, masculinity does not exist without femininity; it is essential to my wholeness as a multi-gendered being. It adds depth, character and self-confidence to my experience on this planet. There is no one way to be masculine; we all have the power to re-define it on a daily basis. Masculinity can be beautiful when it is used to uplift, respect and protect instead of to dominate, subjugate and conquer. It all depends on who is performing the role and how. I think the same can be said for femininity.
Also, this is my quote excerpted from Freeing Ourselves: A Guide to Health and Self Love for Brown Bois, published in 2011 by the Brown Boi Project:
“I am a masculine female who has fought tooth and nail to be exactly who I am within both traditional collective culture (Lebanon and Syria), and liberal individualistic culture (U.S.). Whether society views me as a masculine female or a feminine man, any display of femininity brands me irrevocably inferior…I am thus chastised for “attempting to” claim my masculinity and wear it on my shoulder. I am reminded of my inferiority and kicked back into place. Well, I am here to say that I am not in crisis. I am at peace with the duality that is my naturally gifted female masculinity. Wholeness to me is balance: Masculine & Feminine. Yin and Yang. Fire and Water. All in one. Not needing of another to be whole. Complete in self. I thank creator each day for all the perspectives and tools blessed upon me”