Looking around at Iwaku, I see that we're a pretty diverse bunch. A lot of people, perhaps even the majority, are comfortable playing characters of either sex, that may or may not fit their assigned gender role too well, or that break the sex/gender traditions in other ways. That makes me curious- how many of us, the people sitting behind the computer, don't match up in terms of personality and identity all that well to the bodies we're in? Now, I don't want to start a fight or a debate, so let's not argue or try to decide what's better or worse. This is just for curiosity, shits, and giggles. For the purpose of answering these questions, I'll define Western gender roles: Males are expected to be masculine. The masculine gender is the more forceful one. Leadership and ambition, especially in the workplace, are associated with the masculine gender. Athletics and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) are the stereotypical pursuits of a masculine person. Masculine people are expected to be logical rather than emotional. They are the ones expected to break tradition, leave the family group, and go do new things on their own. If you were predominantly a STEM student and/or athlete in school, moved far away for college/career (to a school that didn't have a strong family tie), want to get ahead in your job before/instead of having kids, and don't like "let's talk about how we feel!" conversations, you are the stereotypical masculine person. Females are expected to be feminine. The feminine gender is the less forceful one. Compassion and nurturing, especially concerning family and children, are associated with the feminine gender. Arts and Liberal Arts (especially language, nursing, social science, and teaching) are the stereotypical pursuits of a feminine person. Feminine people are expected to be more emotional than logical. They are the ones expected to follow tradition, stay with the family unit, and sacrifice their own personal achievements for spouses and children. If you were an artsy and/or non-STEM student in school, chose a college/career close to home (or one with strong family ties), are more focused on family and children than a career, and usually initiate emotion-based conversation, you are the stereotypical feminine person.