Is money feminine or masculine?
That may sound like a weird question but play along with me a bit. If I asked you – if you had to guess – would you say “money” was more like a stereotypical male or a stereotypical female? If you find that you default to “oh, if I were to personify money it would definitely be a guy,” you might be like a lot of people. Why do you think you might say that? Maybe because for a long time money and the financial systems were run by men. I should say they are still run by mostly men. According to Morningstar, women made up only 14% of fund managers across 56 countries (in the US it’s only 11%). And yet, through September of this year women-led funds have actually outperformed their male counter parts.
Maybe you lean toward money being male because your dad was in charge of the money when you were growing up like it was in my home. My mom used to “ask” my dad for a check when she needed to pay someone. It’s not that he was controlling, it was just how they delegated those duties back then.
Possibly a lot of us think of money as masculine because of this fun fact: many languages actually assign words a gender. For example, grammatically in French, Spanish, Italian – money is considered masculine.
The fact is that many more people typically attribute a masculine energy to money.
But what if you simply added some feminine energy to your concept of money?
For the record – I don’t actually believe that money is more male or female. Money’s more they/them than he/him or she/her. However, adding some feminine to the mix will help change a lot. Money fits into our lives best when there is both masculine and feminine energy – a balance. The yin and yang. At their most positive both feminine and masculine energies are important in creating true prosperity.
Masculine and feminine energies at less stable levels lead to a lot of money disfunction. Masculine energies of aggressive competition, control, abuse, avoidance, and withdrawal are bad for your prosperity. Similarly, less than excellent feminine qualities like being overly-emotional, needy, and insecure don’t work well either.
Balance is important in all areas of life. Money is no exception.
We all have masculine and feminine energies and traits. Adding more of the feminine into your money management, goal setting, and your financial life in general will help and could be just what you need to create more prosperity on purpose.
Every good wish,
P.S. When you’re ready and the time is right, let me know if you want to have a conversation about how to listen to and understand your own thoughts and beliefs when it comes to money. Email me at email@example.com and put “money thoughts” in the subject line.
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