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Manly and Masculine: What Does That Mean, Anyway?

Article by Love Matters
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Posted: September 09, 2020  

Is gender just a title limited to the genitalia you are born with or is it so much more?

My best friend Mark and I had been texting all day. I was bored and couldn’t watch TV since Kenya Power and Lighting wouldn’t let me prosper: there had was a power outage. I was sharing pictures of clothes I wanted to buy online.

‘Women’s clothes are so much prettier than men’s clothes. You think I’d look good in some of these?’ he texted.

‘Yup, you should try them sometime!’ I replied, giggling to myself at the thought of Mark in a crop top.

I was joking but I also thought that everyone should wear a skirt from time to time since they are pretty and comfortable. Also, there was no way men were more comfortable wearing trousers that constricted their groins.

‘Jess, I actually really want to wear dresses. But as a man, I would be judged, yeah? People would think I was gay… And cross-dressing isn’t really a thing seen on these Kenyan streets?’

I didn’t respond. I hadn’t expected that response at all. I had so many questions but wasn’t sure how to broach them without offending.

Did those unnecessarily tight trousers guys seem to prefer now hold masculinity together?

Read more on Love Matters website

Also Read:

Penis: https://lovemattersafrica.com/our-bodies/male-body/penis-shapes-and-sizes 

Vagina: https://lovemattersafrica.com/our-bodies/female-body/vulva-and-vagina 

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