At the end of writing this, it became clear to me that many of the principles I have discussed are highly complex and may take several readings as well as external study to fully understand. I considered adapting the language to simplify concepts for the reader, but there is no simple way or simple wording that would do this nuanced and interesting topic justice.
Outside mirrors the Inside: Phallic and Yonic
The external appearance is always a reflection of internal nature, the reverse of the fallacious idiom that one should not judge a book by its cover. Extending from this premise, the inward nature of man and woman reflects, to put it as delicately as possible, the most noticeable distinction in physical qualities, IE the phallic and yonic nature.
The male tendency, mirroring the phallus, is to extend outwards from the origin to effect other sense objects. Its tendency is towards action, not passivity. It is unreceptive to outside influence and impenetrable.
The female tendency, conversely, is everything the male is not. Receptive, malleable, passive. It is receptive and actively welcoming of outside influence, mirroring yonic qualities.
As a result of this passive quality possessed by the feminine, women are more easily convinced by a charismatic personality or argument, rather than the quality of the argument itself. The feminine personality often finds statistics and figures inherently irrelevant and incompatible with their tendency to understand through emotion, which is by no means a negative quality. Just as men find sentimentality and emotional pandering tedious and irrelevant, women tend to find isolated statistical information repulsive.
Man gains fulfilment through enacting will. Men, as a result, excel in professions that enable their psyche to imprint itself externally and markedly. The highest of occupations for a man are as warriors, politicians, legislators, lawyers and judges, through which the male instinct to enact will is fulfilled.
Woman, on the other hand, gains fulfilment through others enacting her envisioned will. This is why women are very adept teachers, nurturers and in some religous traditions spiritual leaders, such as in the Norse tradition. Women, as a result of their natural passivity, make good listeners, but poor decision makers. Women excel in roles and professions in which they are able to invest themselves in a charismatic figure, enabling said figure to achieve their goals.
Purusha and Prakriti: The complimenting Male and Female forces
The metaphysical implication of pure femininity and pure masculinity is explored in the Hindu Vedas, Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita. Purusha is conceived as the purely masculine quality, Prakriti as the purely feminine quality.
Purusha is the energy which lies beneath nature, like a coiled spring, and which provides the force that can be guided through Prakŗti to enact will. Ergo, rather than the masculine energy impelling action, masculinity is action itself. Masculinity is action, femininity is passivity which concentrates action into reason.
As a result of the binary qualities and their balance within each human being, this explains the tendency towards “careful types”, people such as chefs, artists, craftsmen, etc to seem at times feminine. Any action which requires finesse, refinement or delicateness, through the principle of Prakrti, is a feminine task by nature, for it requires action to be channeled by natural rules and controlled.
Without woman, man is a wild untamed creature, pure will and energy with nothing to attach itself to, again, like a phallus. Conversely, without man, woman is a lost puppy, longing for a source of wild will to embrace and to establish rules upon, and for this wild will to impregnate natural principles to produce action. Ergo, this process mirrors the yonic qualities and together, the phallic and the yonic qualities, the masculine and feminine qualities, combine together to produce everything that exists that we experience, otherwise known as the “sense objects”, the metaphorical offspring of masculine and feminine.