Inganni wrote:But isn't that sort of view equating us with our genitals? I am more than my breasts or vaj.
Z6IIAB wrote: We are not only females, we are female human beings
We are human beings!
Your question was already answered.
I'm sorry if I wasn't clear enough. So no, Saying a woman is a female human being is not reducing her to her sex.
If I say you have to have been born with 2 eyes, 1 nose and 1 mouth to be human, that doesn't means I'm equating being human to a walking pair of facial features.
Or that just because there are people that, for many reasons, don't have those characteristics or that are blind, or born with some kind of genetic malformation [like the kid from the movie "Wonder"(2017)] that they aren't human! Of course there are nuances and exceptions.
But the pattern we observed
, are that humans do
come with those features. That women are female human beings - even the ones that are post-menopausal, or are intersex, or have their uterus or brest tissue removed, etc. It's just a way of pointing out the sexual dichotomy we have in our human species.
Many other animals have a similar sexual dichotomy. It's a thing amongst many living creatures.
Evolution "brought" to life species that would have two specific kind of cells called gametes
- ovules or spermatozoids - that, throught a much bigger reproductive system build for one or another (at least in the human species it's exclusive), would find each other on the female body to fuse into a zygote and be nourished by that body while developing into a new individual life form of that species, that, unlike it's female or male parent, would have new
different characteristics that could help it survive and reproduce better in a relatively rapid changing environment.
That's what I can summarize to you about why we only have two sexes in most species and why is sexual reproduction important for survival, as a biologist that spent 10 years of her life at university studying biological sciences.
The feminist analysis of our oppresion is best comprehended and better serves our fight - in delimitating the priorities and rights we should fight for: abortion rights, better health treatments and diagnoses, non-violent obstetrics, cheaper menstruation products, the end of male violence and feminicide, erradicating rape, prostitution and the pornographic industry, etc - when
we set aside sexist roles and stereotypes associated and imposed on women and look only to our biological characteristics that group us as a class and, yes, they would be still the same even if there wasn't a sex hierarchy.
Of course we are more than our genitals, than our sexual chromossomes, than our reproductive system. Than our ability to give birth or have PIV (penis-in-vagina) sex with males. We are a WHOLE human being, but all those parts matter. They make us different than men. NOT WORSE. Not better. But different, so we have different needs and demands.
And that shouldn't be set aside, perverted or hierarchized!
That's the whole point of feminism. To organize our fight, we need to understand what really means to be a woman. It's not a feeling. It's not a bunch of sexist roles and stereotypes imposed on us that we calll "femininity". It's not being sexually attracted to men.
It's a biological reality, and that DOES affect us! Patriarchy or not! Or what, do you think menstruating or not menstruating doesn't make any difference in your life? Or being the one who actually carries out a pregnancy in an heterossexual couple? Or being able to get impregnated after a rape? I dont think I need to cite the many diseases and disorders that do vary with sex in symptoms and treatment, do I?
And we should fight for a world were we are not reduced to those sexual characteristics nor
overlooked like they don't make a difference, and especially NOT treated as second class citiziens, as unmen
. Women should fight for a world where being a female human being is not a burden, but just another way of being a human. Everywhere, not just on USA.
I hope I could make my point more evident this time. If you still have questions, please ask. But please, try to understand what I meant this time. Thank you.