Cisgender here. Why does gender matter? Or, "The rout of feminism"

Have you explored the concepts in nature vs nuture?

I remember reading this - its self explanatory: Discordant Sexual Identity in Some Genetic Males with Cloacal Exstrophy Assigned to Female Sex at Birth

Another facet I find compelling is Eusociality that we find pretty rarely, e.g. in ants, bees or naked mole rats. Despite its efficiency in species we only witness a few species having made it to that stage, and I think scientists are speculating that there is a very challenging transitional gap in evolution to achieve eusociality. Then of course you have epigenetics where epigenetic reprogramming in eusocial insects is giving new insights into behavioural plasticity.

I don't know all the answers to your questions, but social dynamics have come a long way in just 100 years plus since the 20th century. What I've come to learn is that hard social or biological or environmental determinism is probably going to be insufficient to explain gender identity. I mean I used to believe in hard determinism over free will - but I've come to appreciate compatibilism in the recent years. You may want to check out this book called the "The Dependent Gene" which discusses a compatibilist approach.

The last portion you wrote I find strange since your argument is really simplistic for several really complex facets in history: humanity is a lot more flexible & adaptable than you give them credit for and social constructs evolve because of many reasons. I really find it hard to begin to deconstruct your arguments there since you assert gender is a social construct. Voting rights come to mind first. I personally think that secularism established after the French Revolution lead to a snowballing of many other established norms and roles in recent history. And suffrage evolving probably had some economic pressures behind it since taxpayers / landowners to vote. It was less about race / gender roles tbh. And you mention political freedom really terribly since the commonwealth diaspora achieved freedom in many varying ways - many in fact adopted huge aspects of culture in the British empire like the Westminster democracies, english as an official language and even eroded their racial identities as a price - yet theses nations too brought in other localized concepts of identity that are intertwined with religion or based on their historical background. India was especially tricky since it is such a diverse nation and you see the schism of Pakistan / Bangladesh / Sri Lanka as enduring examples of that. Anyways I find these quite out of topic in the first place I don't think I should go further.

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