a reply to: Cuervo
Thanks for those salient points, and also taking the thread in a more theoretical direction.
I love the humor so far, and I don't think discussions on gender should be all grumpy cat, but it is a serious issue to some people.
I don't want to say that transgender issues are the same as a man moving closer to the social ideal of masculinity (perhaps the "tough guise").
Sure they're both gender issues, but also different in many respects.
Luckily I came with the right package, and I don't need expensive and painful operations.
Just a few protein shakes.
I don't know what trangender people go through, and I try not to judge.
I'm not so sure the current media focus on trangender issues is very helpful as the only gender issue of the day.
It also others them and highlights their exceptionality, although coverage varies.
I just wanted to point out that there are many other gender issues in society.
Just pick up a men's fitness magazine, and look at the bodies and products that are presented as an aspiration.
I'd agree with social constructionist theorists (like Judith Butler) that gender is performed.
That's very obvious with groups like drag queens, some transgender people, camp and ironically butch gay men.
But few other people think about it, and the anxiety about gender performances like drag-shows partly seems to stem from a subtle realization that all
masculinity and femininity are also performed.
It can be an unsettling sensation to some.
Of course, social constructionists aren't medical experts, and can't say what the root of a gender performance is, especially since it happens to most
Is there some authentic self that's governed by genes and hormones, or is it partly cues we pick up from socialization (gender norms that may change
in meaning over time, or different social settings)?
It certainly seems to vary in a lifetime in some individuals.
Perhaps some nerves are switched on and off.
Strangely it's hard for me to judge how successful my "performance" is.
I've heard from family that my entire posture and demeanor has been gradually changing.
It's not something that happened over-night.
Dr. Frankenfurter didn't make me a "man" in just seven days.
Although on the other hand, many people can still tell I'm gay (although I identify as bi, but that's a technicality).
It's not a horrible experience, just sometimes strange and confusing.
edit on 5-7-2015 by halfoldman because: (no reason given)