Friday, July 26, 2013

On Rad Fem trans*phobia

It may well be that gender is only a social construct (or close enough for all practical purposes), just like Radical Feminists claim. The research I've seen that actually involves data collection through experimentation (as opposed to evolutionary psychology's navel-gazing just-so stories) keeps finding less and less evidence for the supposed innate differences between men and women.

At the moment, though, we are stuck within a milieu where even those who are raising their consciousnesses still struggle against a tendency to think in gender-essentialist ways. In some ways, it's like language. Even though come the revolution, we'll all be speaking Esperanto (or better yet, some language not biased towards the Indo-European languages), right now, each of us is stuck with their own native language.

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