It’s called psychological androgyny—“creative individuals are more likely to have not only the strengths of their own gender but those of the other one too.”
On the fabulous Brain Pickings website, there is a review of a book Mihaly Csikszentmihalya: Creativity: The Psychology of Discovery and Invention. And therein lies this insight:
In all cultures, men are brought up to be “masculine” and to disregard and repress those aspects of their temperament that the culture regards as “feminine,” whereas women are expected to do the opposite. Creative individuals to a certain extent escape this rigid gender role stereotyping. When tests of masculinity/femininity are given to young people, over and over one finds that creative and talented girls are more dominant and tough than other girls, and creative boys are more sensitive and less aggressive than their male peers.
Come to think about it, given all we talk about on The Good Men Project, it shouldn’t be surprising at all.
Illustration is from Yang Liu’s amazing book of gender pictograms—read all about it here.