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Dismantle, from a feminist perspective, all forms of oppression, including but not limited to those based on ability, age, class, ethnicity, gender, race, and sexual orientation.
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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

So, We're Not Actually That Different?

Ladies, it turns out, we're not actually from Venus, and men, you’re not from Mars. Research from the University of Rochester has shown that women and men are actually from the same planet. Even more, the researchers, Harry Reis and Bobbi Carothers, have concluded that “there are not two distinct genders, but instead there are linear gradations of variables associated with sex, such as masculinity or intimacy, all of which are continuous.” So, although physical similarities are less common, it has been shown that there is overwhelming overlap concerning both genders’ psychological characteristics.

I think it is not only wonderful that a study like this was done, but also that this study was able to prove what I have always thought was possible. It irks me that we live in a society where it is necessary and inherent for someone to define what you are, such as masculine or feminine. I have been struggling with this concept since I was just a “tomboy” on the playground. At that time, young boys and girls are taught how a young boy and girl should act, which happen to be pretty different from each other. However, I always liked both sides, I loved gym and competing with the boys on the playground, but then I’d go home and play with my Barbie’s. My mom never saw anything wrong with it, but it sure wasn’t normal, at least to society’s standards.

Hopefully, as we continue to progress within this movement and within our society defining a girl as feminine and a boy as masculine will no longer be relevant. We’re not from Venus, and they’re not from Mars. We are human beings cohabitating on planet Earth, why can’t we just leave it at that?

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