This puts a different light on these masculized women’s personality type, going a ways to explain their insistence that gender is socially constructed. (That is to say, their scientifically-unsupported idea that “masculine” and “feminine” behaviors are learned, or rather imposed on us, by the culture we live in.) This is used as an argument that men that should be “reconstructed,” by which they mean trained to be more like them.
It is entirely possible that feminist activists believe in this social construction of gender because they personally felt imposed upon because they were masculized women. What most of us call femininity wouldn’t have come easily to them. They felt a pressure to conform to gender norms. This is a level of social pressure the rest of us don’t get. We came into the gender roles naturally, and the parts that we learn, we learn fairly easily.
So the feminist activists may be right about gender roles being socially constructed… for themselves. It’s very personal for them.
If we care, we can look into cross cultural studies to see what males and females are like in the human family. We can even find some of the same behavioral distinctions between the genders lower down in the primate family tree.
“Social construction of gender roles” is an example of everybody in the parade being out of step with me. It’s also an excuse to get really, obnoxiously angry at people who are not like them.
Of course, some interpretations of gender-appropriate behaviors are far too restrictive. But passionate rants are not likely to help.
There are a number of female Olympian athletes who have intimate partners who are also female. It seems that in competitive sports they’ve taken advantage of their physical and mental differences. They’re stronger and more competitive than most women.
Conclusion: Use you differences, don’t just to complain.
Win, don’t whine.
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