Gender Anthropo-Gazing

We, modern Westernized people, are fascinated by the differences of how women and men look to each other and to the world (Why we love, Helen Fisher 2006).

Anthropo-gazing through both gender (female-male worlds) eyes requires intensive observation and systemic (self) reflection.

Anthropologists like Margaret Mead (1935, 1949/1990) and Gregory Bateson (1936), in their cross-cultural comparative gender studies, concluded that female-male worlds, how different they can be, are always complementary (complementing each other).

How girls and boys become women and men, seen anthropologically, are very complex, deeply intertwined, biological-cultural processes.

That perspective has become marginal since the resurgence of feminism in the last century sixties.

Yet this dualistic conception of female-male worlds is turning in an unexpected guise.

September 2014 Emma Watson in an impressive speech for the United Nations invited men to help stop the violence against women: HeForShe.