on gender


Here is a very interesting but slightly long article on gender identities

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As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

28 thoughts on “on gender

  1. Ooh, dangerous ground Mak. Treading in the trans world?

    Tut. Tut. Tut.

    I think Reilly-Cooper is a bit wordy, and doesn’t have the courage of her convictions. In fact, I’ve read a few of her writings and she sits on the fence. Nice objective little commentary but doesn’t say much.

    There are some excellent blogs and articles out there about trans, the abuse of children put on puberty blockers, diagnosed as trans as toddlers for playing with the wrong gender specific toys, wearing the wrong clothes, and regretting surgery and hormone treatment. There again, there are the creepy ‘trans’ people perving on women.

    Finally, the most thinking ones write about the erasure of women.

    Gender identity is not as simple as it seems. Well, it is to radical feminists, but most people aren’t. If Reilly-cooper is, I’m surpised. Knows the theory? Maybe. Don’t talk it though.

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    • makagutu says:

      It’s those grounds I rarely venture into but once in a while I can test the waters.
      I think she could have written a shorter post and still said what she was trying to say.

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      • I could have written it much shorter. In fact I will.

        Gender is a patriarchal social construct.

        Subsidiary sentences include:

        People should be free to do what they want, without (her words) being pushed into pink and blue boxes.

        Homosexuality is normal. People don’t need to have a sex change because they wear gender nonconforming clothes, climb trees, play with the wrong toys. (Or I would be a man.)

        More controversially, a woman and a man or an intersex person are biological conditions that are immutable. Not the same as gender. She touches on that but doesn’t explain it clearly.

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        • makagutu says:

          Looking forward to your piece.
          I am skimming through the comments section and they are so varied.
          There are those who feel she has made some point, those who feel she has wasted bandwidth and those in between these two extremes.
          It really boggles the mind. Now I know why I keep to simpler topics

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  2. john zande says:

    Variety is good.

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  3. Ron says:

    Holy Dinah! So many words.

    In the words of Thoreau: Simplify, simplify.

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