Individualism and Gender “Identity”

23 Jul

You go girl. x

Hekate's Lair

I’m working through some ideas here that really go against the grain of current beliefs (I use this word deliberately) about gender and sexual “identity”.

I think it would be worse now than it was in the nineties growing up as female and particularly as a lesbian. I think that Neoliberalism, with it’s bastardisation of feminism and the promotion of identity politics has made it worse.

There has been a cultural shift towards the primacy of the individual and rather than recognising and fighting against gender as being oppressive, we have just added more categories of self expression and called it “doing/queering gender.” Look, we are all special little snowflakes with our own personalities and ways of expressing ourselves in the world. That isn’t gender. Gender is hierarchical, gender is oppressive, gender is about hegemony, it is about class, it is not about clothes or how we feel. Let’s critique…

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9 Responses to “Individualism and Gender “Identity””

  1. roughseasinthemed 2016/07/23 at 4:25 am #

    That’s an interesting find. And she doesn’t back off in the comments when one reader says (I paraphrase) ‘But transwomen are women’.

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    • Miep 2016/07/23 at 4:35 am #

      We should never have bought into it in the first place. One cannot decide to opt out of one’s biological sex. It’s an absurd belief, and it works to erase the brutal efforts to force people to behave in certain ways that are forcibly associated with each sex.

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      • roughseasinthemed 2016/07/23 at 4:52 am #

        I think the problem of conflating and confusing gender and sex started ages ago. And I’ll hold up my hand (in the past) as being guilty of referring to people’s sex as gender, on the mistaken assumption that sex was what you did rather than your biological sex. I’m talking say 80s/early 90s when it was all the rage to have gender, not sex, on forms.

        Now, the only people arguing are radfems because we see women as an oppressed class being pushed back, yet again. 👿 This time in favour of men, who ‘think’ they are women by virtue of that patriarchal invention gender indentity, and go on to – sometimes – try and change their biological sex to match this so-called GI. But not always. Because just feeling like a woman on Tuesday is enough to make you a woman.

        Men are defining women as always. Men with a female penis. Men saying we can’t have (biological) women only spaces. Men saying we can’t talk about periods and pregnancy because it discriminates against teh poor transwomenz etc etc

        Sorry. Ranting. And you know all this anyway!

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        • Miep 2016/07/23 at 4:57 am #

          Rant away, be my guest. Actually gender comes from language. Gender is ultimately a verb, not an adjective. It has nothing much real to do with sex and never has. Language is gendered and thus people become gendered.

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          • roughseasinthemed 2016/07/23 at 5:08 am #

            But look at the definition in my (decent) dictionary:

            gender (n) kind, sort (obs); a distinction of words roughly answering to sex (gram); (loosely or joc) sex.

            Yet, in defining genderless, gender role, gender-specific, the meaning becomes clear eg:

            gender role (behav) the set of attitudes and behaviour considered appropriate by a given culture for each sex

            I wonder how revised editions of dictionaries will define gender in future?

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          • Miep 2016/07/23 at 5:17 am #

            Gender is a sociological invention.

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        • Miep 2016/07/23 at 5:03 am #

          Sex can be an adjective, or a noun. It can be descriptive of biology, or it can be an activity. Gender is always a verb, because it’s always about something that is done to people, or language.

          Sex is not something done to people. It is about what you are or what you do. It’s not a transitive verb. Gender is completely transitive. It’s always being done to someone.

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  2. radlez 2016/07/23 at 7:37 am #

    Thank you!

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