September 5, 2010

Disadvantages, sociobiological feminism and (possibly) why I identify as a cissexual female and cisgender woman.

Let's begin with disadvantages.  Of all the groups and classes within societies, the woman is the most disadvantaged.  If you're a rich, white, western, commonly abled, heterosexual, cissexual male and cisgender man (and I'm sure I've forgotten a few 'categories'), then, congratulations, you won the privilege lottery!  If you're a rich, white, western, commonly abled, heterosexual, cissexual female and cisgender woman (as I am), you are slightly less privileged than your male counterpart.  A quick succession of changes to the rest of those categories and you will eventually find yourself at the bottom, the place where the least privileged reside: This would be the poor, black, non-western, uncommonly abled, homosexual, trans/intersexual female and/or trans/intergendered woman.   Even in cases where privilege would not exist this would be true: Women have more challenges to face just by virtue of being who they are.

Sociobiological feminism is a term I like to use to describe the antithesis of evolutionary psychology.  Rather than a case of the Culture of Matter, it is the Matter of Culture.  The first is often used to defend much of the victim-blaming that goes on within our societies, with the responsibility to change one's behaviour placed on the victim and which was the impetus for making phrases such as 'boys will be boys' more acceptable in current mainstream society.  While the latter suggests that much of what we perceive as encased in stone when it comes to gender and their roles, is actually rooted deep within the socialization of oneself into his/her culture.  Turning this on its head requires that we take back ownership of our bodies and take responsibility for our actions and change the way we are socialized within each of our respective, and throughout all, cultures.

Cissexual female and cisgender woman are terms to describe a female/woman who identifies with the body and roles they matured and developed in.

How these all work together to define who I am, at least in one manner, comes to this:  I believe that I must work to change the disadvantages that I, as a woman, experience and I feel that the best way for me, PERsonally, to do this is to work from a vantage point with the best possible understanding of these disadvantages.  That means the vantage point where the most burdensome role of society's and nature's expectations reside entirely on me.  Whether physically or psychologically.  As a woman and female I am the only one who will ever face the prospect of pregnancy.   Women and females are the only ones who must accept the reality of that prospect.  Even if you are a (non-op) trans/intersexual male or trans (man)/genderqueer, your expectations or reality are definitely going to vary from that one.

I am also non-sexual (activity-wise, NOT identity) and have no idea whether I would be able to take certain kinds of birthcontrol/contraception.  You might think that this completely blows out of the water my previous theory on disadvantages, but I don't think it does.  I believe that the way the body is structured is sexist, as I pointed out earlier.  I (again, PERsonally) think that making use of these (functions of the female body that differ from the male) only underscores that sexism. 

What do YOU think...?

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