November 27, 2019
What does it mean to be a man?
What does it mean to be a woman?
I’ve asked this question of both men and women, and have yet to get a clear answer. Most of what people bond over regarding binary gender identities (being a man or woman) are qualities and expressions that are actually universal to ANY person, but society emphasizes it for one gender or the other.
The best I’ve been able to work out is that some people are more toward the feminine end of the energy spectrum and others more toward the masculine end (with plenty of us surfing around in the middle), and that none of these energy expressions has to do with gender or bodies at all.
I’ve found that, really, the only thing about being a man or woman is how society treats you. You have to navigate the world differently if you are perceived as a woman than if you are perceived as a man, if you’re perceived as cis than if you’re perceived as trans. Since society makes it a difference, then that difference exists, whether or not that difference is natural or real.
And we’re all trapped in that until there’s a powerful enough cultural shift to change that.