Penis and vagina! Can you believe these things divide and conjecture the behavior and actions of human beings? I can because people love categorizing! Sexual organs hold the answer to the only difference between the male and the female. But over many, many years, society has attached certain traits to the genitals and as humans, we can not seem to sever them. Gender roles are so engraved in our lives that when a person has typical attributes affiliated with the sex opposite to theirs, they feel as if there must be an explanation. The explanation, for some, is transgender.
Scientifically, the difference between men and women is only within sexual organs. Thaddeus Baklinski, a blogger from Life Site News informs us that, “Cosmetic surgery will not change the chromosomes of a human being in that it will not make a man become a woman, capable of menstruating, ovulating, and having children, nor will it make a woman into a man, capable of generating sperm that can unite with an egg or ovum from a woman and fertilize that egg to produce a human child.” This sounds harsh, but it is reality. The terms male and female gives explanation for our genitalia, which gives most humans the ability to make babies. It is not attitude, personality, or superficial.
We all have a biological sex, gender identity, and a sexual orientation. Biological sex is what a person is born with. Sexual orientation is what sex a person is most attracted to, either being lesbian, gay, straight, or bisexual. Gender identity is the way we express our sex. Planned parenthood’s definition of gender identity states, “Our gender identity is our deepest feelings about our gender. We express our gender identity in the way that we act masculine, feminine, neither, or both. Some of us are transgender — which means that our biological sex and our gender identity do not match up.” Gender identity is, in a way, supposed to give a person a choice of how they act, but it is more of a constraint. It is putting male and female in a box and saying this is how they are meant to act. Sex refers to the biological difference between male and female, but gender refers to the cultural difference expected in society of men and women. Celina Durgin, a Collegiate Network fellow at National Review, explains, “If sex and gender are truly independent, the gender identity of transgender individuals should be properly thought of as a social construct, distinct from biological sex. Transgender persons who do not receive hormones or surgery often manifest their gender identity solely with social markers.” Being transgender is ultimately just a socially constructed way of looking at the male and female.
The definition of transgender from google states, “Denoting or relating to a person whose self-identity does not conform unambiguously to conventional notions of male or female gender.” The key word in this definition is conventional. Although society has progressed immensely, some people still have the idea stuck in their heads of how women and men are traditionally supposed to act and dress. There is no logical reason to subjugate anyone to a gender, other than comfort of how society have always addressed genders. Celina Durgin again says in the National Review, “the real problem is heteronormativity and cis-gender privilege. The gender binary, they say, is oppressive, because it leaves no room for the sense of some individuals that their gender identity and biological sex are mismatched. So, the gender binary should be deconstructed and eradicated.” If there was no gender binary, there would be no such thing as transgender. The Dictionary.com definition of gender binary is “a concept or belief that there are only two genders and that one’s biological or birth gender will align with traditional social constructs of masculine and feminine identity, expression, and sexuality.” The gender binary has been so inscribed in society that it has become normal. A man or woman can dress, act, and express themselves however they choose. It may not be socially accepted, but that is our human right. The act of being transgender is almost like going against that right and agreeing to the terms of gender binary. A lot of transgender people say they were born trans. If we get to the core of it it is not that they were born trans, it is that they were born seeing beyond gender roles because they innately went against how their sex is traditionally “supposed” to be like. They are freely expressive!
Some believe the male and female brain are also biologically different. Whether this is true or not, a man can’t change their brain to be like a woman, nor a woman to be like a man. Kate Wheeling from Scienemag.org denotes that theory anyways in her article about the brains of genders: “Depending on whether the researchers looked at gray matter, white matter, or the diffusion tensor imaging data, between 23% and 53% of brains contained a mix of regions that fell on the male-end and female-end of the spectrum. Very few of the brains—between 0% and 8%—contained all male or all female structures. ‘There is no one type of male brain or female brain,’ Joel says.”
Los Angeles Times has a story of a male born child who transitioned to female. Author Sonali Kohli writes, “The 9-year-old is growing up. She used to play with Barbies. Now she’s the class treasurer of her West L.A. elementary school. She plays girls volleyball, and paints her nails. She’s also transgender.” Notice how they talk about “girly” activities. They do this to assert her femininity. Many people tend to coin their identity with superficial things like what they wear, their mannerism, makeup, but it does not change a person internally. This child (who chose to have their name blocked out in the article) is a male who chooses to do what they are interested in, and that happens to be typical things a female does. I’d never want to devalue the hardship of someone who is transgender though. It is the most painful experience to try to act like something that does not feel correct with your heart’s desire. Gender is expression. It’s expression that has been put into two distinct categories which is why they feel so unbearable to fit into. But expression should be generously free with no explanations.
Sex is what a person is born with, gender is what a person chooses. But what’s the point of making that choice? Why does a person choose to call themselves a woman over a man? Because they feel like a woman and vice versa. What does feeling like a woman mean though? Me, being a woman, I tried to find the answer and simply couldn’t boil it down to something a man couldn’t feel too. Only difference is having a vagina and experiencing the beauties that tend to come with it like periods and giving birth. Both of those things have to do with sex, what a person is born with.
We’re All Just Humans Expressing Ourselves!
There is no such thing as transgender because gender isn’t real! It is just transcending from the long-established, societal restraints that have been passed on and taught for all these generations. A woman can be buff, have short hair, and be aggressive. A man can put on makeup, be emotional, and wear dresses. There is male and there is female for the explanation of our sexual organs, but our human expressions do not need explanations or to be put into gender categories. At the end of the day, people are entitled to call themselves transgender, but in theory, there is no need.
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