Transgender: Maintaining the Status Quo
August 7, 2015
Posted as a comment here.
From your article, it seems to me that you are saying that there is nothing truly male or female about either gender. And that all of the feminity and masculinity is socialized to our children through our patriarchal society. So in your opinion, what makes someone female or male? Because from your argument, all I can gather is that it is only the genitals. You are clearly wrong because biologically there are very many differences males and females in relation to the brain and emotions.Though I believe that there is a strong component of socialization that leads to masculinity and femininity. So Jazz does girly things and identifies as a female. I chose to give her the credit that she knows whats in her own head. One would not know that she is not biologically a female unless told that she is biologically a male. And that goes to my prior point. If you’re truly saying that there should be no patriarchal society and that gender is just a social construct. You invalidate your point by saying that jazz is not a woman and can’t identify as a woman. When she quite literally can because she exuding only female traits. From your article, a manly butch biker lesbian would be more female than Jazz. Biologically you are right. Though what I am trying to say is that Jazz fills more qualifications of being a woman. People want to fit in. If your only characteristic of being male is your penis and everything else about you, you feel is female. Then it is only obvious that you would identify as a female. You go with where you fit in best. Jazz does not fit in best as a male because she exudes so many female behavior characteristics. Characteristics that you call patriarchal and maybe are but that 7 billion people understand as feminity and masculinity. There is a difference from being female and being a woman. Female means you were born with a vagina. Being a woman is how you identify yourself to the world and how you feel as a person. Jazz is a woman. There is no denying that. She is not female. But she is a woman. Society says she’s a woman.
Filed in Feminism, Gender, Trans Politics
Tags: activism against social change, anti-feminism, being normal, brain sex, can't buck the tide, changing society is too hard, compliance with social norms, conformity, conservatism, counterculture of ultra-conformity, cutting edge conformity, doing as you are told, doing what society tells you, don't fight the system, female emotions, fitting in, following the herd, following the rules, fulfilling social qualifications, maintaining sexist social norms, male emotions, manly lesbians, new boss same as the old boss, not making waves, OBEY, reproductive personality traits, staying within the lines, the unrebellion, throwing up your hands, tradition, yielding to authority