do you know anything about biology? the words 'male' and 'female' literally mean you have either a penis or a vagina respectively. this has nothing to do with the words woman or man. anyone with a vagina is female, regardless of gender. same with males.
Ok, so… this isn’t what this blog is about but since you brought it here we’ll go ahead and go there but for anyone who decides they need to respond this will be my only word on the subject, any future asks on the subject will be ignored.
In short you are wrong. The two sex binary is a flawed social construct that literally has no basis in reality whatsoever. Some form if intersex characteristics happen in approximately 2% of all live births in humans. That’s 2 out of every 100 which in a world with billions of people is a lot of people that don’t fit into either “male” or “female” and that obviously doesn’t include trans* people which makes the statistics higher. And that also doesn’t include the people who aren’t technically intersex but also don’t fully fit the biological construct of what a male or female “should” be which is far far more people that you realize or most medical doctors willing to admit.
In our society sexing is based on 5 criteria:
genes - XX or XY chromosomes with variations happening for XO, XXY, and XXX
gonads - ovaries or testes except that people with vaginas can have testes, people with penises can have ovaries, and people can be born with both ovaries and testes
genitalia - a penis or a vagina except that people can be born with both and men can have vaginas and women can have penises
secondary sex characteristics - in theory men are supposed to have large amounts of thick, coarse body hair, a low waist/hip ratio, broad shoulders, undeveloped breasts, and deep voices while women are supposed to have small amounts of fine, light colored, soft body hair, a high waist/hip ratio, petite shoulders, developed breasts, and high voices except that in real life it’s entirely possible for people to have combination of those characteristics or for men to have “feminine” secondary sex characteristics and women to have “masculine” secondary sex characteristics
hormone patterns - in theory men are supposed to be high testosterone and low estrogen and women are supposed to have high estrogen and low testosterone but in reality there is far far more variation within “each” sex than between “each” sex including women having “masculine” hormone patterns and men having “feminine” hormone patterns all without those people having any sort of “disease” or “disorder” or anything being wrong with them at all.
Once we take into account all 5 of those criteria an actual majority of people don’t line up with either male or female in all 5 areas which means it’s not possible to classify most people along the strict binary the way people like you would like to. So, sure, there are things in this world that qualify as technically male or technically female but the idea that there’s some sort of scientific basis for a strict binary where there are only ever two options and people are only ever male or female is laughable. It’s utter bullshit and trying to force people into those boxes when they don’t fit does a hell of a lot more harm than good. Nothing positive comes from that kind of bigotry while actually being willing to accept people as they are or as they choose to identify has legitimately positive outcomes in the world.
The main source material for all of this comes from Anne Fausto-Sterling’s book Sexing the Body. She’s got a Ph.D. in biology so I’m pretty sure she knows what she’s talking about and I’m willing to bet she knows a hell of a lot more about this stuff than you do, dear anon. Try educating yourself instead of pretending that you’re an expert because you spent a few weeks learning the bare minimum of this material in high school at some point in your life.
I need to be more honest in myself and start blogging about my life more. It’s personal to me, and I treat my Tumblr account in a strangely impersonal way. It’s just sort of a digital hoarded collection of things I like.
So, I’m going to blog about how I’m feeling. Every day is a new experience, and I change and grow and develop a little more each day. Our lives are finite, but our potential in the things that can be accomplished can be infinite to an individual.
As kids grow older, they grow exponentially more cruel. A person learns as time goes on the art of ostracizing someone that is unlike them. Others are coerced to join in on the mockery, and in time acts of social and physical cruelty are dispensed. The parties present consist of the bully, the bullied, and the onlookers who are obliged to cheer that person on.
We carry this into adulthood, the sensation of forcing out other people through their insecurities because we ourselves are different in our own ways. There are things about you, about me, about everybody else that we collectively don’t want other people to know about, from the minute to the grandiose. To be who you truly are is exposing in a world of such narcissistic tendencies. You feel naked.
Some days, I feel absolutely crazy. My experiences occasionally veer off into bizarre territory. Occasionally, I suffer intense panic attacks in which I feel kind of delirious. It’s hard to make sense of anything sometimes, and sometimes my sense of reality breaks down between the waking and sleeping state. I’m occasionally paranoid, socially avoidant, and constantly fighting a sense of anxiety. I pace in circles, and when at home, I always look around to make sure that no one’s here to jump out and hurt me. I question who I really am. Who am I supposed to be acting like? Why do I sometimes feel like a self-centered jerk?
The thing is, I’m not always consistently like that. The paranoia, the delirium, the really fucked up nightmares…they only happen once in a while. I’m normally highly empathetic, and considerate of other people’s emotion. In the right level of comfort, I can warmly conversate, debate, and exchange ideas with people I like. I think about everything, and I try to go out of my way to be good in the sense of having a moral compass and sticking to it.
I just get lost in these strange feelings. Emotions that can’t entirely be explained. Sensations, a combination of emotional electricity and a song that never ends. My world of dreaming bleeds into the world of the living sometimes, but I can still tell what’s real and what isn’t.
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My new logo embodies a very different kind of idea. I drew inspiration from several different places: the lightning bolt was inspired by Captain Marvel, who transforms by getting struck by a lightning bolt every time he says “Shazam!” He dies in the comic Kingdom Come; he uses the lightning bolt during his transformation to detonate a missile he intercepted, killing himself in the process. The skull style is inspired by the logo of The Grateful Dead, which I’ve always thought was kind of neat.
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