“Are you a male or female?” was a question I was asked by my older brother when we were children. I was about 6 years old when he asked me this particular question. I didn’t know exactly what “male and female” meant. At that time, those were consider “big words” and didn’t know the difference. Of course, if he had asked if I was a girl or a boy, I would know the answer right away: girl. However, being the evil older brother that he was, he knew that I didn’t know the difference between the two so when I responded by saying “male” he bursted out laughing. For that entire week, he made fun of me by saying that “I was a boy”. Of course, this was us being children and finding every opportunity to pick on one an other. Yet, looking back, we are expected to know our gender and know which category we fall under in an early age.
Now, imagine this…
How would society run if we weren’t defined by our gender. For instance, take a look at the picture above. What if we weren’t born with any genitals? Looking at the infant, we wouldn’t be able to tell if it would be a boy or a girl. I’ve read an article explaining that children who struggle in defining themselves as “male or female” have an attachment to mermaids because they show no clear answer of its gender because it can go either way. Now imagine, being born as “intersexed” and having both male and females parts. How do you think society would run if we didn’t have something like “gender” defining who we are and our role in society. Do you believe that would make us all equals?
Thinking about it, wouldn’t it be a relief if we were all born like the infant in the picture? Being given the freedom of deciding who are and not letting gender define us? What is your take on this topic?