I’m not clear where you got the idea that cowardice is the lack of virtue that is entailed by femininity.
I was thinking when I first looked at the topic that an important difference between men and women is that women are protective of those around them by putting themselves in harm’s way or shielding for the sake of the vulnerable, whereas men tend to be aggressive/attacking in response. Neither of those are linked to cowardice, just a different way of responding to danger.
Perhaps that is a mischaracterization and perhaps even stereotyping, but I think that is what the title of the post and the article both imply.
This quote seems to sum up the current situation in modern western society.
Any normal boy is full of spit and vinegar, is aggressive, competitive, and anxious to test his wings. But many boys are scolded, punished, and even medicated for these normal tendencies. They are told to behave more like girls and to learn to be nicer and to get along, etc. It will be granted that limits are necessary, but the tendency for boys to roughhouse is normal. The scolding and “socializing” to more feminine traits continues apace into early adulthood. And then there are other cultural phenomena such as the slew of ‘Men are stupid’ commercials, etc.”
A main takeaway would be that in cultures that play the game of survival by using an offense/defense paradigm, women traditionally played the defensive role and men the offensive. So men abdicating the offense role to play defense aren’t exhibiting weakness because they are taking a feminine role, but rather they are weakening the entire strategic structure by abandoning the offensive role. Men have, on the whole a much more robust upper body strength, bone structure and musculature – those are undeniable; try doing a few pull-ups. Since men are built for that specific role, by taking on a protective role – the feminine one – they are opening human society to vulnerabilities that needn’t be there.
Read the quote above. Do you disagree that boys are being socialized to be nicer, to get along and to not show aggressive tendencies? Surely you are not saying girls are being taught to roughhouse, be boisterous and aggressive, are you?
Socializing does appear to stress the more traditionally feminine characteristics and downplays the more masculine/aggressive ones, thus feminizing men by making them more protective and nurturing than aggressive and attacking. That could be seen as a weakness for men since they aren’t called on to use their natural strengths, but wouldn’t be a weakness for women given protection as a defensive strategy would play up their natural strengths.