Human genetics – sexual reproduction, chromosomes, how it works; genes, what can go wrong. Sexual development, disorders and gender identity! Masses of information, some guaranteed surprises, pictures, videos and loads of links.
“But what about intersex?” Human sexual dimorphism and the denial of biology. While transgender advocates debate the ever-changing meaning of ‘woman’ and ‘female’, Catherine explains why there is no third sex and intersex conditions don’t disprove the facts of sexual reproduction. This is important – welcome to Feminism 4!
Privilege is relative, but the people with the most of it are male. Catherine Drury looks at what privilege means for women as a class, and what intersectionality means. Should intersectional feminism include men, even if they’ve changed their gender? This is feminism 3!
What’s the opposite of trans? You’re no longer a woman. You’re cis So yesterday we started by talking about the concept of gender and how we analyze it as a set of rules imposed on the sexes, controlling behaviour and punishing those who attempt to reject its constraints. The gender
When I was younger I was told women and girls could do anything – no longer restricted, women have broken their chains and the world is their oyster. Those “chains” are sex roles enforced on us by a patriarchal society, with a set of rules that dictate what women are and what they can do. The rules say women are meek, subservient, less intelligent, enjoy menial tasks, want babies, are caring blah blah blah. Men are strong, clever, natural rulers, funny, etc etc etc.
Biological sex affects every part of us, down to the cellular level. The internet’s full of misinformed nonsense – and, worryingly, even medical science doesn’t know the half of it. Real physical differences between women and men are too far-reaching to cover in depth but I’ll try to be comprehensive. Part 1: structure. Skeleton, head, muscles.
Class analysis means looking at what generally happens with people who share a unique set of features. This sometimes confuses people. As a feminist, I might say “men oppress women”, then half a dozen people come along to tell me they know men who’ve never oppressed a female – otherwise known as NAMALT for not all men are like that. It completely misses the point of the analysis.
Privilege: Having privilege doesn’t mean being problem-free. It means that, if life’s a game, you’re playing on an easy setting. Tackle a few problems, you level up. It seems pretty straightforward to you, so you don’t really get why other people seem to find it difficult. Huh, maybe you are a
Patriarchy: A social system that values men more than women. Generally speaking, males are seen as the ‘real’ people, while women are less complete. It’s not unusual to find women are understood simply as ‘not men’ and so (arguably) not quite human. In English, the word men also means human beings – but women only
Gender sucks. It’s a load of made-up rules about what people must do and what they shouldn’t. It’s based on your biological sex, but it is in no way the same thing. It’s socially enforced through shame: this affects boys/men as well as women and girls, and hits women a