I have a very difficult time believing that gender is just a social construct without significant biological determining factors (yes, I said "gender" not "sex"). I'm not saying that all aspects of gender/what defines "masculinity" and "femininity" is biological. For example, "blue" being for boys and "pink" being for girls is clearly socially constructed. However, there is very strong evidence (quite honestly often ignored by its contractors) that a good portion of gender is biological and not socially constructed 1. The existence of transgenderism is actually among the strongest pieces of evidence that gender is biological and not socially constructed. If gender was socially constructed then they would just adapt to the social construct of gender taught to them from birth. The fact they don't sends serious signals that what makes them "male" or "female" is rooted in nature rather than nurture. Most of the time the female gender ends up in an XX chromosome body and the male gender ends us in an XY chromosome body, but sometimes nature has hiccups and puts a certain gender in a body that wasn't constructed for it. Hence, nature is a much better explanation for why someone might be born in the wrong body than the idea that gender is a social construct (which honestly doesn't explain this phenomenon at all)
2. David Reimer is possibly the strongest piece of evidence that gender is not socially constructed. David and Brian Riemer were twins. However, when David's mother went to get him circumcised the doctor made a huge mistake and ended up burning his whole penis off. David's parents, fearing their son may not be happy being male without a penis, took the advice of a famous psychologist, Dr. John Money, and attempted to raise their son as a girl. If gender was just socially constructed then they could socialize him into being female rather than male. Dr. Money told them they could never tell David (whom they renamed "Brenda") he was born male or it would never work. Moreover, female hormones were injected in Brenda to attempt to make her appear more like a girl. Despite his parents and Dr. Money attempting to socialize him into being a girl he strongly resisted typical female traits and strongly gravitated towards exhibiting typical male traits. One example is that while he was given traditional girl toys (and was socialized to like them) he had 0 interest in them and gravitated towards the traditional boy toys given to his brother. As a teenager Brenda expressed suicidal thoughts. That's when her parents told her that she was born a boy. From then on Brenda decided to go back to being a boy and took on the name "David". This shows that despite social pressures of David's parents and his doctors to be a girl he still identified as a boy. I think this "experiment" alone completely disproves the concept that gender is just a social construct
I certainly agree men and women are equal, but they do differ in biology (and that includes gender related biology). The environment/society play a part in how we behave, such as how boys are given blue and girls are given pink as babies. However, research does show that biology is a key reason in major differences in how each gender behaves. Because of this society follows biology, not the other way around. Again, I'm not saying that there are no aspects of gender that are socially constructed. There certain are those that do exist. However, there is a significant and critical component of gender that is not socially constructed/is based in biology.
I never said gender, I said masculinity and femininity. They can be related to gender, but they don't have to be.
Then how would you define gender? What makes someone "male" or "female" in a gender sense and not in a sex sense?
If they feel that they are a man or a woman or neither or both, then they are.
Very informative, both of you. Thanks for sharing and for keeping it civil, was getting worried I had to put a stop to it.I'll give you MHO so more people can read it. 👍
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You got to come to terms that some things have to die.
👆I love that one. Thank you, Maiave.
Thoughts on the stereotypical manly-man/alpha male?
Alright, then what makes a man?
His penis and XY chromosomes.
I see, thanks for sharing.
👆Simple yet to the point, I like it.
And what do you say defines strength in a man? Lifting boulders, paving his own path, protecting the weak, confidence to take a leading role, him being comfortable being genuine/authentic, or maybe something else?
It’s more about the personality than physical strength. A brave man, who is able to protect you, who has no or only little fears.. if you know what I mean.. so you feel MASCULINE energy.. not a little boy who doesn’t know what he wants and plays stupid games
By stupid games I meant mind games I wasn’t talking about gaming lol
Mhm, I get what you're saying, and like the answer. Thanks for elaborating.