It was Marta’s article, which lead me to think about the gender of our loved mother/father Europe (still to be discussed).
As Europeans we know that Europe is not a country (no offense to those from other parts of the world who thought that Europe was a country :)), but it doesn’t change the fact that we can use the 3rd dimension to think how masculine or feminine is Europe and therefore in a way to define it’s gender.
According to Hofstede, masculine cultures “value competitiveness, assertiveness, ambition, and the accumulation of wealth and material possessions, whereas feminine cultures place more value on relationships and quality of life”.
How does it help us to define the gender of Europe? And does it help at all? Europe is so diverse, so different - you can barely compare North with South or West with East… If we compare it with the rest of the continents, then yes - I’d say that Europe is female, and the main reason is exactly the fact that Europe is so diverse and different, the same as a woman. But not only - the same as feminine cultures Europe cares more about the quality of life - consumer protection, enough holidays and leaves, the same human and all other rights in all parts of Europe.
P.S. North America (as a continent) definitely is a man, lost in it’s ego and self-assurance. Pretending that it can rule all the world without any borders and aiming as high as it’s ambitions allow. I’m sorry for them.