Support of Perrins Assumption
Support of Perrin’s Assumption in ‘The Androgynous Male.’
The article by Perrin compares the androgynous male to those who adhere to traditional sex-role models. He commences the article by stating explaining a test he conducted that claimed to rate the masculinity or feminism of a person. On completing the test, he discovered that he was 1.2 male on a scale of 1 to 10. This notion leads him to a self-evaluation path over the years where he discovered that he was truly androgynous. Consequently, in his argument, he appears to be in favor of the androgynous male and he concludes that androgynous people are freer than those who adhere to traditional sex-role models. The paper herein will support the assumption by Perrin and will attempt to prove that this phenomenon is, in fact, factual.
Reading through the article sparked a lot of thoughts. Our father’s sperm and mother’s ovum are a necessity for the occurrence of fertilization and conception. Accordingly, for every human seen in the face of this planet, this phenomenon has taken place out of necessity. Without either of the genders, no single sex would exist; every individual is a part dad and part mom (Bruskin). Consequently, hormones dominating each gender are present in each of the sexes but with varied amounts. Since every person derives from both the mom and the dad, there is a vast range of possibilities the gap that each individual in each gender will naturally be inclined to; this will occur regardless of the stereotypical roles in place. Every individual is unique and distinctive.
According to Torri & Stephen, androgyny, like so many other things, ultimately defies classification and definition (36). An individual is truly free when he/she challenges the limitations while being quite oblivious to the roles that he/she is supposed to take. And if a person is forced into a predetermined mold known as gender indifference or any other of the same sort, then one is neither completely whole nor free. Perrin used an example of himself to illustrate this concept by showing how free he has become after he discovered that he was an androgynous male and embraced it. He states that it freed him as a parent, and he has been able to embrace his nurturing role that has made him feel good about himself. He has also been able to express his love for cats freer. Moreover, the ease also extends to household maintenance (Perrin). All these examples go a long way to prove that Perrin became a more confident and freer individual after this discovery.
For this final part of the argument, the ‘75 percent man’ will undergo scrutiny to evaluate if they are freer than the androgynous man. Perrin’s illustrations are utilized for this assumption. In his article, he highlights that the ’75 percent man’ often fails to notice the freedom he has and is on an endless mission to try and copy the ‘100 percent man,’ that they fail to realize that they also have a vast range of acceptable types (Perrin). Accordingly, he does not need to conform to a particular set way. Part of the reason that was attributed to this behavior is because these men are envious of the ‘100 percent man,’ conscious ease and might be terrified of discovering that something might be wrong with them deep down (Perrin). In support to this, Gross also argues the all man as being a possessive chauvinist (1); this notion is correct.
In conclusion, it is clear from the arguments in the paper herein that Perrin’s assumption is accurate. Assigning implied roles is self-defeating. Nonetheless, that is not to say that an individual should abandon all values and morals, but so many of these roles are senseless and ammoral. People should strive to be free, and arguably none is freer than the androgynous man.
Bruskin, A. “The Androgynous Man.” The New York Times. The New York Times, 10 Mar. 1984. Web. 19 Nov. 2015.
Gross, Amy. “The Appeal of the Androgynous Man.” Chwozdek. 20 Apr. 2011. Web. 19 Nov. 2015.
Perrin, Noel. “Androgynous Man.” Jess’s Webpage Literature. 2000. Web. 19 Nov. 2015. <http://jessakaj.8m.com/androgynous.html>.
Torri, Diane, and Stephen J. Bottoms. Sex, Drag, and Male Roles: Investigating Gender as Performance. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan, 2010. Print.