Date: 2014-01-05 16:59 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] redbird
It seems to me that if gender were entirely a social construct, claims like "you only think you're a woman" would be somewhere between arrant nonsense and, at most, the assertion "I am from the part of society that gets to define these things, and you aren't."

It looks from here as though large parts of what we associate with gender are social constructs—most notably a lot of appearance and clothing-related rules, where long hair is coded masculine in one time/place, feminine in another, and childish in yet a third. But I don't think there's inherent conflict between the idea of performing gender, and the idea that many (most? hard to tell) people feel strongly that they are of a specific gender, and will try to fit the expectations for that gender as they exist in that society.
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