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Ayn Rand states that a woman's worship of man is "...an abstract emotion for the metaphysical concept of masculinity as such—which she experiences fully and concretely only for the man she loves, but which colors her attitude toward all men."

Does she define what she thinks the essence of masculinity is anywhere? What is the essence of masculinity?

asked May 13 '11 at 23:10

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For examples one can always just the men in her novels.

(May 14 '11 at 01:44) Marnee Dearman ♦ Marnee%20Dearman's gravatar image

For insight on the conventional meaning of masculinity, refer to the topic of "Masculinity" in Wikipedia. I don't think Ayn Rand's view of masculinity would be much different, judging by her published remarks. Refer, for example, to the topic of "Femininity" in The Ayn Rand Lexicon, and to her answers to audience questions in Ayn Rand Answers, p. 139. The editor's note preceding the answers in the latter reference (p. 139) states: "AR regarded the male, by the nature of his anatomy, as the prime mover in the act of sex." Her own words indicate that an understanding of masculinity is to be found in "the psychology of the sexual act. That's a proper subject for doctors and psychologists, but the psychology of sex is not my great interest."

The next answer on p. 139 states, in part: "I believe in masculine superiority passionately, enthusiastically, delightfully -- not intellectual or moral superiority, but sexual and romantic superiority."

The next answer after that (still on p. 139) begins: "The difference between men and women is sexual. In the sexual roles, it is proper for a man, who is the stronger sexually, to be worshipped, and it is not proper for a woman to be worshipped...."

The following general disclaimer should also be remembered regarding Ayn Rand Answers: "no one can guarantee that Ayn Rand would have approved of the editing [by Robert Mayhew, for publication] that she herself did not see. For this reason, however fascinating and useful, these Q&A should not be considered part of Objectivism." OPAR, in turn, elaborates further on exactly what the philosophy of Objectivism can formally say about sex, and the topics of "Sex" and "Love" in The Ayn Rand Lexicon elaborate still further.

I also certainly concur with the suggestion to study the men in Ayn Rand's novels for various concretizations of masculinity.

answered May 16 '11 at 02:10

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