The question I had earlier in response to this question, “Am I female?”, has to do with my gender identity. I am very happy with my gender; that’s what has changed. The point of this question was to establish, as a starting point, that I am a male and that, therefore, I am male-identifying. But, at the same time, it felt like being asked a question asking whether I am a woman. So I am not male, I am a female. And, in order to answer the question, we need to do a lot of more work on the gender aspect, which will enable us to identify who we really are.
How do we identify gender?
When a person starts to say, “I am a female” or “I am a male,” the gender-defining parts of “they” or “him” start to fall, leaving it up to the person to define which part of them they are really male or female. It’s a very useful way to identify gender (although, in my case, I am female-identified and not male).
How are we defined?
One thing that most people seem to get confused about is that gender identity and gender expression can be very different. This is because gender is a socially constructed construct. And, in particular, we’re told that a person cannot truly know the gender they are unless that person first identifies as another gender.
Why do some people identify as a woman?
Many transgender people identify as a female, or are able to “pass” as a female. Many are born male and therefore they don’t really know how they identify, and therefore the issue of whether they should really be called “he” or “she” is a real issue.
If they are born male, should they really be called “he” or “she” to differentiate themselves from transsexuals? What if they don’t identify as female? For those that identify as female, does it matter if they identify, for example, as a “woman” or a “man”? When it comes to trans identity this depends on a lot of factors, but in general the more a person understands this issue the better in terms of being able to understand what it really means, and how to articulate this message and get people on board.
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