Gender IS NOT a social construct. Let me repeat that, because it’s important. Gender IS NOT a social construct. In fact, believing that gender is just a social construct is an exceptionally stupid belief that ironically, is often held by very smart people.
It’s surprisingly similar in many ways to the error that Leftists make with communism. The thinking there goes that mankind’s behavior can be changed by conditioning. That’s true. Unfortunately, Leftists came to believe that with enough conditioning, we could completely rewrite the way human beings behaved. That’s not true and untold misery was caused by the attempt.
With gender, it’s true that some of it is merely a social construct. In other words, what an American, a member of the Maasai tribe, and a Saudi consider to be “manly” and “feminine” may be quite different. Few people would probably argue that point. The problem comes in when you start to believe that because SOME of gender is a social construct, then all of it must be a social construct. Once you start to believe that sort of ridiculous nonsense, then it becomes possible to pen crazypants Orwellian screeds like this one from Lori at Feministing.
Stop saying and stop thinking that abortion is a women’s issue.
That’s it. Pretty simple right? But incredibly important.
Cause, the thing is, it’s not just women that have abortions
Trans men have abortions. Gender queer people have abortions. Two spirit people have abortions. People who do not fit into the box of ‘woman’ have abortions.