This. All of this.
MUTHAFUCKIN THANK YOU!
Reblogging every time to drive home the importance of owning our language and being able to call ourselves WOMEN
I kind of understand, but at the same time, we need a way to differentiate between gender and biological sex. So like…I’m biologically female, but that doesn’t necessary mean I consider myself a “woman” in the sense of gender identity. I am closer to genderqueer.
Like…there’s a difference between your gender and the body you have. When I write or talk, sometimes I need to make it clear which one I’m talking about. I usually use “female” to refer to people with female bodies who are comfortable in those bodies (i.e. they don’t feel the need for surgery to become the sex they feel they were supposed to be because they believe their female body was the correct one)…even if they express a gender that isn’t necessarily “woman” or prefer pronouns that are not feminine.
I use “woman” to refer to a person (regardless of biological sex) who identifies as such.
I reject the idea of two genders. Gender is a spectrum and is not determined by your physical body, although society has tried to tell us otherwise. In other words, I don’t think having a female body means you are a woman and I don’t think that NOT having a female body should prevent you from being one. It’s important that somehow, we determine a way to clarify this and differentiate between biological sex and gender identity.
I think the point they’re going for is the cultural phenomenon in which women are often called “female” instead of well, women (when they clearly identify as such), while men are always men and rarely “males”. Such as “the females and the guys” and “men and females” ax you often see in casual conversation. Basically, giving one side of the binary humanity while the other is nothing more than body parts.