1. Sex and gender are different.
Sex and gender are not spelled alike or pronounced alike. They are two different words with two very different meanings:
According to definitions proposed by the Institute of Medicine (23), “sex” is a biological construct dictated by the presence of sex chromosomes, and in animals and humans, the presence of functional reproductive organs. “Gender” is a cultural construct and refers to behaviors which might be directed by specific stimuli (visual, olfactory, etc) or by psychosocial expectations that result from assigned or perceived sex.
(bold and color added) In pursuit of scientific excellence – sex matters, by Virginia M. Miller. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol, published ahead of print February 10, 2012, doi: 10.1152/ajpheart.00073.2012.
2. Sex does not cause gender.
The presence of female reproductive organs in a particular body does not mean that a person necessarily likes pink, painting her nails, talking about her feelings, and nurturing small children. Sex is not the source of “feminine” and/or “masculine” gendered expression, behavior, identity, or appearance. This understanding is fundamental to feminist politics.
3. Gender does not cause sex.
Reverse causation analysis. This is where it gets ugly.
Queer theorists and trans activists seek to unconditionally prioritize “gender identity” over physical and/or assigned sex (reproductive organs). On the basis of this “gender identity” alone– and “regardless of the person’s assigned sex at birth”– they argue that all self-appointed trans people are entitled to unconditional acceptance in every space, group, and organization reserved for the sex class associated with the sex stereotypes that the trans person has voluntarily aligned themselves with via their claimed “gender identity,” expression, appearance, and/or behavior.
Feminists, on the other hand, do not believe that an individual’s subjectively asserted “gender identity” is relevant to one’s sex. Throughout history, the bodies of feminine non-compliant females have remained reproductively female no matter how convincingly or consistently they may have appeared otherwise to external observers. A male bodied person’s desire to wear a dress and hang out with women does not actually transform his body into a reproductively, or physically, female one. The mere practice of “masculine” or “feminine” expression, appearance, behavior, and/or identity does not create, destroy, nor cause changes to one’s sex (reproductive organs).
Framing “gender identity”—specifically the expression of femininity—as that which fundamentally constitutes “female” will not improve women’s social status. On the contrary, the idea that “gender identity” is the most essential and important part of being female naturalizes the oppressive social order flowing from traditional sex roles and stereotypes (compulsory heteronormativity). Arguing in favor of a causative relationship between sex and gender reinforces and legitimizes feminine stereotypes that ultimately restrict the range of gendered expression and social mobility available to females.
Any ideology that seeks to justify, evidence, or prove “sex” by reference to “gender” identity, expression, or appearance necessarily implies that gender is a natural result of sex.
It is anti-feminist.
BREAK THE CYCLE.