I’m currently half way through watching this, and I don’t understand all of what she’s talking about, but I do strongly agree with her that definitions, or how we understand the words we use can be majorly important. I use a word and I mean one thing, but someone else may use that very same word and mean something completely different. However, I feel that she is saying that if you grew up female, you we’re taught to be subservient to men, and the opposite would be true if you grew up male. This to me sounds like someone comparing their grass to the grass on the opposite side of the fence, ie the grass is always greener, and she says this without experiencing it from the other point of view, and lets be honest here, we can only really have one point of view on this, and we either agree with people we see on our side of the fence or not in what is the common viewpoint. Yes I was brought up as male, it wasn’t till I was a nearly a teenager that I started figuring things out about my gender identity, but I did things that girls would do at 4 or 5, and I was left to it, and then when I got to a certain age, I was told not to do that, only girls do that. I don’t know why I did those things like skipping etc, I just did and I’m not going to go into detail investigating the wheres and whys of it, it’s just not that important in the grand scheme. What I’m trying to say is harder than it would seem, and you can analyse it all you want, but it would be just as easy and just as hard to explain why you like a certain flavour of ice cream, or why you don’t like ice cream at all. Me personally, my favourite is mint choc chip, but I like combining that with choc choc chip (if we’re talking scoops in a bowl here). Why do I like them? Because they taste nice, why do they taste nice? Well I’m not a scientist so I can’t answer that one, but they taste nice to me, and I’m sure they would to countless others, and to some they would be disgusting. I’ll post more later as I’m in danger of confusing myself now besides anyone else.
The End of Gender: Revolution, Not Reform