The Androgynous Man by Noel Perrin Is about how everyone is different and its ok. The article is saying that you should be who you are and not try and act out the role of the he-man. Noel started this article by looking at a magazine that had inkblots in them and based off what the reader though it was they were described as either how masculine or feminine are you. After he took the test he realized he wasn’t masculine at all; on a scale 1-10 he was a 1. 2.
The masculine answers for the inkblots were something that was man made while the feminine answers were the blots looked like natural objects. He soon realized he was technically part masculine and feminine. This is called androgynous. In the article, the author defines androgynous as a kind of freedom. The androgynous have a wide set of paths they can take or choices they can make while the red blooded Americans often fail to notice their freedom. Noel even said that he-men who aren’t full 100 percent red blooded American are too busy trying to copy the he-men.
Most men are truly afraid to admit something is wrong with them, like they have a weakness at their heart. They try to create a fake persona of the he-man to hide what they truly are. The main message or theme of this article to me is that no matter what you think you are you have to be true to yourself and not to try to be someone you’re not. In the article, the androgynous man is a mix of masculine and feminine roles. To me, that’s not a bad thing. The masculinity creates good husbands, good fathers and good members of society.
While the feminine role creates natural motherhood, nurturing role and the appreciation for the small things in life. Noel even said that he enjoyed sewing his daughter’s pants. Being androgynous isn’t a bad thing you have more freedom which allows yourself to express things in a unique way. A mix of roles is good, and I think all men should try to be like a women it creates different traits for a mother like role. Men need to stop trying to be the big man or trying to be the one to intimidate everyone. It’s time for a change of roles in my eyes.
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