XIV. Masculinity versus femininity


This dimension indicates the extent to which dominant values in a society tend to be assertive and look more interested in things than in concerning for people and the quality of life.

„Masculinity is the opposite of femininity; together, they form one of the dimensions of national cultures. Masculinity stands for a society which social gender roles are dearly distinct: men are supposed to be more modest, tender, and concerned with the quality of life.“ (Source: Hofstede, page 262)


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„Femininity stands for a society where gender roles overlap: both men and women are supposed to be modest, tender and concerned with the quality of life.“ (Hofstede, page 261)

The Masculinity and Femininity dimension describes how cultures differentiate on not between gender roles. Masculine cultures tend to be ambitious and need to excel. Members of these cultures have a tendency to polarize and consider big and fast to be beautiful. In workplaces employees emphazize their work to a great extent (live in order to work) and they admire achievers who accomplished their tasks. Feminine cultures consider quality of life and helping others to be very important. Working is basically to earn money which is necessary for living. In business as well as in private life they strive for consensus and develop sympathy for people who are in trouble. Small and slow are considered to be beautiful.

4 thoughts on “XIV. Masculinity versus femininity

  • Oktober 26, 2011 um 12:35 am
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    This is wrong: „men are supposed to be more modest, tender, and concerned with the quality of life.”
    These are female traits according to Hofstede.

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  • April 25, 2012 um 1:48 am
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    These articles are good.
    But Masculine cultures emphasise ‘assertiveness’ compared to ‘nurturance’ for feminine cultures.

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  • Juli 29, 2012 um 10:59 am
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    Speaker is right. Koreans and Chinese , however, tie very much to achievement that brings social status.

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  • Oktober 27, 2012 um 4:49 pm
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    does france has masculine culture???

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