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It good to see people opening their eyes to gender stereotyping and how it shapes our identities. I hope that eventually we will all be able to live in a society where identity (gender and other too) will be considered a choice not something fixed. I feel that my own identities (plural intended) are keep changing and evolving with me. That includes my sense of gender. I always felt confused about gender. Although my body seem very ‘feminine’ (breasts and hips and such) I could never fully identify with what people call ‘woman’ or ‘female’ for many reasons. Equally, although my personality has many ‘masculine’ traits and I very often identify myself with male heroes and role models, I do not feel that I am a male. I see these labels as totally arbitrary and on certain level insulting. I don’t want the physiology and type of my organs to determine what I can do with my life or how I can relate to others. I also do not want anyone else to be in this position. Unfortunately the conditioning has a profound effect on everybody, even those of us who do not identify with the gender assigned to us at birth.
I sometimes hear people talk about how feminism has no place in the modern world and this annoys me. I hear a lot of really bad feminists out there who seem to be all for matriarchy not equality and I understand the dislike to their propositions. I feel the swinging from one extreme into another brings no solution. On the other hand if we do not need feminism then why it is so that ‘masculine’ modes of behaviour and thinking seem to be respected more than the ‘feminine’. I met with a lot of people who praise and admire women who act like men but I do not see many people admiring men who act like women. I with we could all just get over the gender nonsense.
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