After reading a rant about why Bruce (Now Caitlyn) Jenner should not say he (now she) identifies as a woman, it occurred to me that I might not qualify to identify as a woman by that ranting woman’s standards. I have had this belief that being born as a female and living my life as a female made me a woman. Nope. Apparently this is not so. Apparently you can’t be a woman unless you have children or are trying to have children. Most of this woman’s remarks on what a person needs to identify with in order to be a woman revolve around the ability to have children, raising children, or wanting desperately to have children if you don’t already have them. Thus, if you are a female who does not want children or has gracefully accepted infertility, you may not qualify to be a woman. If you are happily childless but want children eventually, you will probably qualify to be a woman when you start trying to get pregnant. Having a husband might also be a requirement according to what I read. Does this seem ridiculous? If it does, that is because it is ridiculous.
What is really required to be a woman?
- Being an adult.
- Being born female, and/or
- Feeling as though you are female and presenting yourself thusly to the world.
Isn’t that simple? I don’t understand all the fuss over gender associations. I don’t understand how John becoming Jane affects anyone who is not an important part of that person’s life. Jane is not going to be a less skilled accountant/cashier/pharmacist, etc. than John has been. No matter a person’s gender, that person is a human being. Live and let live.