I read a blog today about how humans recognize other humans as women or men. Then it got me thinking, so I posted a response. I wanted to share it with you guys and see what your thought is. Below is my response to this blog: http://www.momentmatters.com/2013/03/12/hes-male-shes-female/
“i think you may be confusing gender with sexual genotype. gender is a term devised by societies to define roles of what and whom are feminine and masculine. sex genotype is a genetic code for what sex characteristics a body will take on. phenotype is the combination of the two. but as you may know it doesn’t always equate to what makes a “woman” and what makes a “man.” we live in a world that is gradually opening its arms to female, male, and TRANSGENDER. we are expanding our view of sexuality and our perspective on intimate partner relationships. we are opening up to an age where qualities that were once assigned to women are now assigned to men (e.g., child-rearing) and vice-versa (e.g., women in military, law enforcement, ceo’s of corporations). Recently there was an article about a little boy, of 6 years old, in Colorado who flat out refused to wear “little boy clothes” and play with “little boy things.” he wanted to dress in little girl clothes and play with pink dolls. He was genotypically male. Yet, he was gravitating to what was opposite of his genotype. he was supposedly going against his “programming.” surely physiology plays a part related to the levels of hormones the body produces if you are female or male. However, what is even more impactful is our societies’ rules about what it means to be women and men. It starts before an infant is born. It is ridiculous the colors and symbols (not to mention the ideas and beliefs) that people program each other to recapitulate so that we all know what it means to be a little “pink princess” girl and a little “burly blue” boy. and how it chains us in little prison cells so that we can fit the status quo, and never let ourselves realize our full authentic potential.
once we let go of the idea of pre-programming,
we can see that any given moment is ours to create,
and any possibility is at hand.
and maybe what we’ll open our eyes to is that
seeing is not believing
and that woman you see
is actually a man.” – Megan Marie Seaman