The Feminine and Masculine evolved from prehistoric gender roles.
For two million years, we and our precursor species, Homo erectus, lived in hunter-gatherer bands. The gender roles we took in these bands spawned the Feminine and the Masculine:
- Women gathered and became Feminine.
Because women nursed and tended children, they gathered food plants with children close at hand. To better bear, nurse, and raise big-brained babies, women evolved wider hips, more body fat, and more social flexibility. Interacting in nurturing/gathering groups, women became more sensitive and relationship-oriented.
- Men hunted and became Masculine.
Because men didn’t nurse babies or tend children, they were free to venture out and hunt various game animals. To better hunt with weapons, and fight to protect the kill, men evolved more upper-body muscle and aggressive capacity. Ranging afield and creating plans to kill game, men became more independent and structured.
Why do women have Masculine energy, and men have Feminine energy? Because in hunter-gatherer bands, humans needed to embody both energies to get important things done:
- Women needed some Masculine.
Women used Masculine directness to keep their children safe, as when they commanded, “Stay away from that place. It’s dangerous.” They employed Masculine distinction in gathering edible plants, in choosing between the poisonous and safe, the ripe and unripe.
- Men needed some Feminine.
Men used Feminine relationship sensibilities in group hunting efforts, as when they cooperated to run down or ambush prey. They employed Feminine sensitivity to get a feel for the natural world, to acquire a sense of how the animals they hunted behaved in it.