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So, I Guess I Am Not A Woman Either?

I’ve been seeing this tripe floating around on Facebook over the last few days.


Let’s break this down.

“I’ve heard you say you “identify as a woman”. But I find that highly unlikely and insulting.”

I don’t think it’s unlikely that Caitlyn Jenner identifies herself as a woman, since she’s said as much actually herself. Which therefore makes it true.

“You see, Mr. Jenner”

Ms. Jenner.

“there is more to being a woman than beautiful gowns and fake boobs. There is more to being a woman than makeup and pretty hair.”

We can definitely agree on that!

“This is something we mothers begin teaching our young daughters at an early age.”

So what about women who grow up without mothers? Forget the notion that two men can adopt or have a surrogate, because I get the feeling you may be opposed to that too. But what about the women whose mothers’ died? Or left? Are they also not women?

“As a woman of nearly 50 years, I can tell you what it is truly like to be a woman. You may be able to understand or even empathize, but you are definitely NOT able to “identify”. For instance, you will never know what it is like to wake up every 28 days with searing stomach pain so bad it doubles you over, yet still trot off to work or school as though everything is fine.”

Neither can I. I’ve hardly ever had menstrual cramps actually.

“You will never know what it is like to have your car break down on the side of the road and when a couple men stop to help your prayer is that their intentions are good because there is no way on earth you have the ability to physically hang let alone overpower them.”

Me either.

“You have no idea what it is like to long to have a child only to have your third miscarriage, yet still manage to be able to share in the joy of all the other young mothers in your life. You will never know what it’s like to get pregnant, gain 40 lbs (1/3 your total body weight), hurl all morning long for 4 months straight, yet still care for your other two toddlers, and not drive your husband to the brink. You will never know what it is like to give birth to a 10 lb. baby boy with absolutely no medication!!!”

As a childless person, me either.

“You will never know what it is like at the age of 50 to be walking down the streets of Phoenix and popping in the Dairy Queen for a cool refreshing treat only to be gripped at that moment with your fourth hot flash of the day.”

As someone who is 30, me either.

And then there is a bunch more dribble that you can go read for yourself if you want.As a woman, I don’t want what makes me a woman to be limited to making babies and being vulnerable to men. Which is literally all her list consists of.

A Paradigm Shift In Your Reality

Human beings aren’t great at change. For most of human history, actually, changed moved a glacial pace. Human beings used stone for 4,000 years before they started making metals. It took another 2,500 thousand to move from bronze to iron.

Compare that to the pace of change just in the previous 100 years. 1914 saw the first scheduled airline flight. Radio waves were only transmitted in Morse Code. Electricity wasn’t wide spread. Penicillin hadn’t been discovered. Women didn’t have the right to vote in the US.

Only years later, I can write this blog post on a laptop from an airplane. 3D printers. Implantable technology. Driverless cars. We’ve been to the moon and landed on Mars and a comet.

And yet, in the frame of your life, these changes move incrementally. I had a computer in my classroom in elementary school. By middle school, the internet was widespread. Facebook launched the year I graduated from high school. In college I got a smartphone. This technology has become the new normal.

HIV/AIDS was someone else’s new normal. I was born in 1984 and never knew a world without HIV or AIDS. In fact, by the time that I was old enough to be aware of it, HIV/AIDS was a fact of sexual life which transcended the boundaries of sexual orientation. It just is one of those things that is.


And yet, it may be in my lifetime that HIV/AIDS is no longer a danger.

“Scientists report that the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) may be rapidly evolving into a less deadly, less communicable form.”

A world without HIV. Now that’s a new normal I could easily get used to.

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