If a fellow is predominantly masculine/feminine, he is unlikely to pursue those things that are viewed as gender specific or culturally linked to the opposite gender.
A Mechanic is culturally held as masculine role.
A Hairdresser is prodominantly held as a feminine role.
While any human has the potential to be a mechanic, many lack the desire or willingness to go against gender. When I say gender I am refering to cultural roles, not sex.
I don't think masculiniity or femininity is something you wear, or change at will, but rather a manifestiation of your attitudes, beliefs and values. There's likely a physical or mental component which predisposes someone one way or the other; the choices made are still a manifestation, not something that is hardwired.
Masculinity and femininty don't exist wholly on their own either. Heterosexual men in careers of hightened masculinity such as police, fire fighters and warriors are the most likely to cross dress in private. It's a way to display a femininty that their jobs deny them. They lose any balance of masc/femi and so resort to the extreme of dressing as a woman. Balance is the key, and saying someone is masculine or feminine isn't an accusation.
I see the pros and cons this way, as strictly relates to myself:
- Likely to share interests
- I can banter, be blunt and crude with
- Can rough around with
- Could be a hairy bastard.. mMmm
- The opposite of everything above.
Ain't much worse than being forced to be Other in order to get along. When the road gets tough, I get going.