Feminism Beyond Gender
No one knows what it means to be a man or a woman ….. What is a real man or woman but an idea through which we see ourselves . When in our history did this concept become firmly understood in our minds . How did we feel and see ourselves before we tried to make sense of it all . Gender is a reinforced cultural notion that is hard to shake .
What defines gender ?
A skirt ? A pair of pants ? A hairstyle ?
Stereotypes are the views of the small minded .
Male and female . Is there more to this relationship than just man and women ?
Sex is male or female that which you might be assigned when you are born .
Gender is the attributes associated with your sex, it is a mindset…. a clinical thing with Chemical/biological influences etc . Its where you fit in society and how you feel . Whilst people progress through a nurtured cultural moulding that influences them via toys and other means ( solidifying gender specific ideas at a young age ) like food ( hormonal imbalances in the diet ) and media ( Notions of what is right and wrong ) etc which gives this outcome …… Is it always strongly there from birth with everyone or can and does our society create this more-so in our era unknowingly or for reasons yet to be understood by the majority .Is gender always more natural or is it created .
These binarys do not seem to describe difference they create difference .
Transgender . Gender reassignment . They don’t think as them selves as a women or a man . They are genuinely a woman or a man born in the wrong body , or diverge towards one or the other by previously said specific means . It’s not a lifestyle choice . It just feels obvious to them as an individual that they are in the wrong body as they are becoming adults .
Sexuality is if you are straight or gay heterosexual or homosexual etc . How you want to express yourself to others .
Depending on what culture or society you are raised in the binarys can become different according on how that culture has defined its own gender . All these Ideas of sexuality and gender are enforced via force which unfortunately includes Shame and stigma . Therefore people are less likely to be themselves .
Even though the way we view and understand is getting better all the time we still have these deep-rooted thought processes embedded in us . For example when a man who won’t do a job which would be associated with females due to being uncomfortable or a man who wouldn’t wear a dress ( although David beckham and some stars are recently making challenging statements by wearing skirts and adopting this change in the media ) ( I also find it strange that a kilt is accepted as a masculine attribute in scotland . This for me proves exactly what I’m trying to say that its all because they have been nurtured to accept it ) or women’s clothes due to our feeling of shame to how others would view us and vice versa . But its usually the case nowadays that a woman would feel less uncomfortable doing jobs thought of as masculine through our moving towards equality with feminism , although it isn’t entirely solved yet we are making great progress towards the final solution .
As it has only just started to correct itself with women coming to the forefront in football , rugby and in other previously only masculine dominated areas etc or being more freely thought of as normal in the army maybe sooner than we think the opposite will become more freely accepted by males in female roles as the norm and work through the entire spectrum with less stigmatisation . All these concepts that are created by ourselves to be the norm aren’t nessasarily right .
We have constructed our own gender .