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Is Gender a Social Construct? in 7 Minutes

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Gender is a very touchy subject these days - whether you believe it's a social construct or you don't. Both sides of the argument seem to overlook evidence on the opposing view. In this short video I'll go over some of the main arguments and evidence that both support the idea of gender as a social construct and refute it. Subscribe To My Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoFWz1e3VXKOoJ-E5cep1Eg Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Thought.Monkey.Community Music: Phoniks - No Stress https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pf6p4Inmlm8 Summary: In recent years many social scientists have begun to believe that gender identity is not a stable and fixed trait. They argue that it is socially constructed and can vary over time. Some have even argued that there are more than two genders and have created additional classifications by using terms such as cis-gender, transgender, gender queer, non-binary, gender fluid, agender, etc. Anyways, the two competing ideas about whether gender is a social construct come from the familiar nature vs. nurture debate. In other words, is it our environment that makes us who we are or our biology? Those who say gender is a social construct often argue the following: 1. There are differences in gender norms in different cultures. For example there are subcultures in India that identify three genders. And in Chile some believe you must channel another gender to accomplish certain tasks. The list goes on. According to the academics Candace West and Don Zimmerman gender is “an emergent feature of social situations: both as an outcome of and a rationale for various social arrangements, and as a means of legitimating one of the most fundamental divisions of society" (West & Zimmerman, 1977, p. 126). By the way I looked up Candace West on Rate My Professor and she only got a 2.1 out of 5. Would you eat at a restaurant that got such a low Yelp score? I don’t think so. Old Donny didn’t do much better. 2. Language forms our reality. The words man and woman are simply words to describe certain phenomena, but don’t describe every option or experience of all people in our culture. Phrases like “be a man” or “boys don’t cry” are used to pressure boys into conforming to traditional masculine gender roles while “run like a girl” and other women-centered phrases pressure girls into behaving in a way that is considered traditionally feminine. Others say that gender is a feature of nature, not nurture. They say: 1. Being exposed to testosterone and estrogen will make the way we behave inherently different. For example, there are studies that show male babies and female babies behave differently given different stimulus. Male babies tend to stare longer at mechanic objects while female babies tend to stare longer at faces which may explain why women and men tend to find themselves in different career paths –men often gravitate toward science and engineering while women toward health care and education. 2. The reason some women and men identify as a gender opposite of their sex is because sometimes nature has hiccups. For example some female fetuses are exposed to large quantities of male hormones and develop Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia – a fancy term for a disease that may alter the sex organs of people. Also, there are members of the trans-community that believe gender is biological. Some transwomen have stated that while they were brought into this world as men, from the get go they felt biologically that they were women, and thus behaved as a woman. Their argument is that if gender was socially constructed, then as a boy who felt like a girl they would have been socially pressured into feeling like boys. However, despite being socially pressured into feeling like boys these transgender women have always felt like women despite their sex being male. 3. A boy named David Reimar whose circumcision went horribly wrong, was given sex reassignment surgery as a 22 month year old and was raised as a girl named Brenda. Brenda was given girl toys, but always seemed to gravitate toward more traditionally boy toys. Eventually as a teenager she expressed her suicidal thoughts to her parents, and her father told her what had happened. Despite the female hormones and socialized pressures to be a girl, Brenda identified as a male and changed her name back to David when she was 14. Years later David started treatment to reverse the reassignment given to him as a 22 month year old and married a woman. Unfortunately years later after battling with a failed marriage and depression, at 38 years old he killed himself. This shows that despite the social pressures of David’s parents and doctors to identify as a girl – he still felt like a boy.
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Random Topic (3 часа назад)
mrdave2112 (1 день назад)
People acknowledge there are only two genders; No man has ever given birth nor has any woman ever impregnated a man. People need things to disagree about.
Roby Shaji (1 день назад)
J C (2 дня назад)
On argument one you pointed out that the girl and boy babies were given differnt stimulus and thus acted differntly, and leading to differnt carrer paths -more masc career paths for boys and more fem for girls. How can you measure the reaction to the stimuli if their not given the same stimuli? On that study did they also follow the babies lives up to adulthood when they we're in a carrer has well? Did this study measure on how the teachers were reacting to the students when they asked questions requarding math for boys vs girls? When they we're asking questions during social science girls vs boys reactions & feedback?
Paul Newman (4 дня назад)
Okay, so to believe that there are more than 2 genders I'd like some physical proof. Like animals expressing the same phenomenon or all non-binary people having some recognisable change in their brains that'd distinguish them from binary ones. That's like the only physical thing that could prove anything. Oh, but it's nurture that determines the gender... So how come trangender and homosexual people have such provable changes in their brains? Did the nurture change the shape and functioning of their brains because they felt so pressured to not be normal heterosexual people? This whole nurture argument works entirely against transgenders and homosexuals who've fought for years to convince people that they were born with their sexuality and gender identity and that no amount of "therapy" and "re-education" in christian camps and communities would "fix" them. And I believed that for the longest time and felt sorry that most people 10 or 15 years ago rejected the fact that this isn't their choice. But if the LGBT community will convince people that "gender is a choice" or "it's all nurture instead of nature", then back to the christian camps with gay and transgender kids I guess? Because you can't say that the environment influences gender and it can be chosen, but conservative parents can't raise their kids to be heterosexual binaries. You have to choose one or the other and if you're wrong, then many kids will suffer because of this disinformation.
ThrasherTheKid (4 дня назад)
Akash Awasthi (5 дней назад)
Gender is a social construction....And it's the right construction. Just like the building you are living in is a construction and a right one at that cos its not crumbling down.
Lord Baxter (5 дней назад)
Answer-no. 2 sexonds
Francesca DeMarinis (8 дней назад)
For the people that say it is a mental illness....(even if its not) doesn't everyone deserve to be happy and feel like they should be themselves? Everyone with this argument confuses me. Why wouldn't you care for someone with a mental illness or at least ignore it and let them be. I've seen so many people saying things like "they have mental illness, they should kill themselves"... How do you say that to someone with a mental illness! I have autism (an actual mental disability) and this just doesn't make sense to me... I don't want to kill myself why should someone that is trying to be happy with themselves have to either. Answer they shouldn't.
Ronald Garger (8 дней назад)
2 genders. It’s down to biology. DNA makes you a man or woman. Get all the surgery you want and hang with whomever you desire. You can’t change your DNA. Social construct is a mess all on its own but does not determine gender.
Sa' Mantha Seiten (8 дней назад)
I was listening intently and waiting for theory and practice until they used RateMyProfessor and lost all credibility. I mean I still listened and contemplated the rest of the video, but that was just such a lack luster, petty argument that has no credibility. Not that the creator has none, but rather ratemyprof is deemed to be one of the worse source materials available to instructors.
Shah Mashuk (8 дней назад)
Your either male or female biologically what’s wrong with these people
D Ramos (8 дней назад)
It's not you idiots.
Samuel2k10 (9 дней назад)
Man Wo(man) Hu(man) (Man)kind Hu(man)kind For people thinking of a third gender, do we have to refer to you as “it”?
Katie Thompson (9 дней назад)
Great video, but there's one small inaccuracy - David Reimer wasn't named David at birth. He was originally named 'Bruce', but was re-named 'Brenda' after the accident, and when he was told he was originally male, he then chose the name 'David' for himself. It's not a significant error, but the audience should be aware, just in case they're writing essays etc. and need accurate detail :)
Delta 118 (9 дней назад)
Thanks for the well written and thoughtful video. There are both biological and social differences between men and women. Let’s just agree on that and move along, yeah?
psyko (14 дней назад)
Socially, it doesn't really matter. I just hang around whoever I get along with, maybe it will all just be men, if types of women I like actually exist then I won't deny them the chance but if I happen to hate all women then whatever. My biggest problem has to do with writing, which is why studying genders is really important for me now. I don't want to write characters of a certain gender but allow people to be able to scientifically prove that character's personality is wrong for the gender. Not sure what to do in this case.
Anna Rose (15 дней назад)
See this video has some untruths...
Baxt1211 (18 дней назад)
Excuse me! For y'alls information, I IDENTIFY as a person who only believes in 2 genders! According to the rules of modern society, y'all need to respect and accept me along with everyone else because I will not allow you to discriminate me or my right to be who I am!
Barquito de Vapor (18 дней назад)
Im chilean and i have never heard about the chaneling of gender....
Gavin C (19 дней назад)
There are only two genders. It doesn’t matter if you THINK if you’re a girl, if you have a penis you’re a man.
SociallyTriggered (19 дней назад)
Gender isn't a social construct. Boys will be boys and girls will be girls.
Dennis McMullen (21 день назад)
Society is a gendered construct !
Reiner Wilhelms-Tricarico (21 день назад)
0:45 no wonder we have such stupid debates - you display a pencil sketch of a man and women side by side, but for the drawing of the man you blurred the genitalia. Is self censorship part of the problem? You might be afraid YouTube’s algorithms could detect that you display a sketch of a penis, and then demonetise. Just wondering.
Procommenter (22 дня назад)
⏳ ⏳ Marriage = sexual intercourse, introduction of semen into the vagina by which the marriage of genetic material forms a new Being; from which Humanity increases in number; by which the our species is propagated; by which genetic traits are forwarded. Marriage can only be based on this reality. A man (post-pubescent male) penetrates a woman's birth canal (post-pubescent female) w/his erect penis to deposit ejaculant (his 23 chromosomes that marry/meld with her 23 chromosomes) to produce a child.
steve smith (23 дня назад)
Look there is a real simple way to end this nonsense argument of gender being a 'social construct' Human beings are biological animals. Do we see gender behavior differences in wild animals? Yes we do. The End.
mod prime (9 дней назад)
we're also social primates and gender was a term invented for use in describing social interactions in the 50s. We don't see gender differences in wild animals as gender is not a term typically applied to wild animasls. Instead we differences in behaviour based on sex, which is a biological thing. We see this in humans too - but being social primates with incredibly rich social lives - it turns out to be complicated. Oh damn, your simple method doesn't work. it's almost as if we'd already thought of it a long time ago and realized it wasnt right.
Perez Right here (27 дней назад)
"The are are some differences that are biological, and some that are socially constructed". Love and peace :D
Perez Right here (27 дней назад)
Men are stronger than women, that's not gender though, that's sex. On the other hand gender is about social constructions (i'm okay with these constructions that we currently have). The real enemy is the stereotypes.
Leroy RareBird (1 месяц назад)
Ok so the vid is kinda ok, but wtf with the ending? I am certain the person who did this is cis, because there is no way in hell you would say that it doesn't matter and we need to focus on other ''bigger global problems'' and what the fuck not, if you were transgender. trust me =)
Cowie Thomas (1 месяц назад)
7.1 billion people and still going. Who's fault is that?
Diogo Costa (1 месяц назад)
I identify myself as cream cheese that may expire in the next 3 days if no one puts me back on the fridge
That'sTerrorists, Bro! (1 месяц назад)
The nature argument is dangerous and it is not logical to reject it based on the consequences BUT. I am not gonna be more likely to be violent or rape and dominate and control everything apathetically more than a female is just because I have higher levels of testosterone. I know it doesnt mean I will do these things, but to argue that I have a genetic predisposition to do so because those behaviours are(traits evolve) more advantageous for males is dangerous. What are even "male sex traits"?. The only things I can reasonably conceive of as being exclusive-to-males or overwhelming characteristic of males are shitty things. And I am not going to take those things on as being innate to my nature as a male because of my hormones. Most men like to think the idea that being strong, powerful, unemotional, rational, dominant, sexually aggressive and having a high sex drive are good things. But if you follow it through a bit more, what those biological traits translate into socially though are awful to imagine. Fuck, I don't need to imagine, look at the world and its history. If gender is biological and natural then it makes me likely to be a monster. And then they will create a medication I will have to take to decrease my likelihood of being a monster. Wtf. If being agreeable, submissive, emotional, social, expressive, caring, sexually conservative and nurturing are biological traits females exclusively have or have a higher value of than males, due to those traits being more advantageous for them, then I want some of them. Or maybe females evolved a higher value of those traits because males have a higher value of the traits they do?(Did they evolve to be more agreeable because it was advantageous to be submissive to males who were more likely to dominate and control them?). That is horrible. Did males evolve a higher value of the shit traits because it was more advantageous to be controlling, dominating and sexually aggressive?. Evolutionary principles are by no means moral determinants but the moral consequences of morality being biologically determined are scary. If it turns out to be biological then we need more of the female traits. The world needs to be feminized. Like, we need to figure out a way to breed the asshole out of men. This is eugenics but in this situation, it is the moral thing to do lol. If we have to choose which gendertraits(biological or otherwise) are gonna be best for our societies, we should encourage the latter and discourage the former because they are all the negative things humans are. I don't wanna be that. I can't see why any man would want to agree with the argument that his biology makes him more likely than women to be a monster because of his hormones. Seriously, think about the implications of gender being biological. It makes men and boys social monsters.
Red Pill Network (1 месяц назад)
I identify as a rich man living in a poor man's body. I demand all banks transfer me dem dollarz.
Juni LEE (1 месяц назад)
Gender stereotypes, and expression, and whatnot are social constructs. Gender Identity on the other hand is NOT a social construct. See: https://qz.com/1190996/scientific-research-shows-gender-is-not-just-a-social-construct/ Transgenderism is hence not a social construct likewise, but is biological (an intersex condition of the brain vs the body). Otherwise, reparative theraphy would have worked for diagnosed trans-people. It is transvestitism (which actually may lead to mild dystopia, w/o the persistent sense of gender incongruity ever since adolescence) that is based upon social construct, i.e. the result of "nurture", or other causes. Please see my blog posts for a more in-depth discussion. https://steemit.com/gender/@aeondrift/gender-is-not-a-social-construct-difference-between-gender-identity-and-gender-expression-stereotypes https://steemit.com/gender/@aeondrift/transgenderism-misalignment-of-sexual-dimorphism-of-specific-portions-of-the-brain-that-determine-s-a-person-s-gender-identity
dan138zig (1 месяц назад)
How can the physical differences be a social construct?
Leeta Dax (1 месяц назад)
Gender is a social construct. Sex isn't.
Mike Someone (1 месяц назад)
Gender shouldn't exist. It is just excess and a headache. Transgemderism is trying to be open minded, but in fact it uses the same toxic, conservative ideas about gender. Transgender people are basically people whose tastes, behaviours, fashion choises etc. don't fit with the expectations society has from them as a male/female and because of that they think that they should "transition" into their appropriate gender. And then they get a haircut and they have suddenly "transitioned".
mod prime (9 дней назад)
gender shouldn't exist huh? You know there is a term for people that feel that way. Welcome to being amongst the genderqueer folk, you are 'agender'. Congrats.
Furious_Squeaker (1 месяц назад)
GENDER IS A SOCIAL CONTRACT! My SEX is male and my gender is helicopter they are not the same thing.
Arturo Ramírez (1 месяц назад)
That Chile fact was confusing to say the least... nope, just no. It's totally fake, where did you read it?
Orionphist (1 месяц назад)
5:09 oh boy shit's going down where's my safe space bubble? my snowflake feelings hurt from so much science
Shraddha Bhadouriya (1 месяц назад)
I am from India and the third gender these feminist talk about is intersex people who back then didn't had any medical facility to treat their condition. Gosh!
MrReyno Tanks (1 месяц назад)
How can a biological male or female feel like they’re the opposite sex , when they never had the opposite sex’s body to began with?
Spooky Boyy (1 месяц назад)
If it differs from culture to culture, it’s a social construct If it’s the same, it’s biological
Joy Ellen (1 месяц назад)
How can a woman be transgender and a feminist at the same time?
metamaggot (1 месяц назад)
apparently age is a social construct too now..
mod prime (6 дней назад)
+metamaggot solipsism solves nothing. I'd prefer a more sane epistemological worldview because otherwise you are just talking to yourself right now and what would be the point in continuing? So empirically, gravity is a real thing. It exists (or...if you insist...does not exist) regardless of whether humans exist to think about it. Money, however, has no meaning when there are no humans to give it meaning. It is entirely constructed for social purposes. That's the pragmatic distinction. In solipsism everything is folly, including you saying anything in this comment thread.
metamaggot (6 дней назад)
+mod primeno for all we know they may be figments of our imagination..the only thing we do know is we exist..because we think
mod prime (6 дней назад)
+metamaggot yes. Electric charge, mass, spin, gravity....
metamaggot (7 дней назад)
+mod prime is there anything that isn't?
mod prime (7 дней назад)
+metamaggot yes, obviously.
xxwildfangxx (1 месяц назад)
Great way to finish the video!! It really shouldn't matter, we must treat everyone as equals and don't put pressure on how should people behave in each aspect of their lives just because they happen to have a dick or a vagina.
Katie Castles (1 месяц назад)
This is shit. Ya lost me at ‘funbags’
Franz Haas (1 месяц назад)
EL MARIACHIE (1 месяц назад)
Men are.... stronger than women wtf... Try to test 50kg man and 50 kg woman. Come on try it
AlexMapleFire (1 месяц назад)
gender is not a social construct, it's biology. Also pls when will people will stop mixing gender with sexual orientation??? All these new gender are in fact sexual orientation or mental illness
mod prime (9 дней назад)
nope - the term gender was coined in the 1950s to seperate the concept from biology. There's a relationship, but there is sufficient qualitative differences to warrant a seperate word. It's almost like scientists have like...studied the subject or something.
99 Bottles of Bleach (1 месяц назад)
John Money was the first to claim gender is a social construct. He was a scam artist who had a man raised as a girl ("she" went on to commit suicide due to stress from the experiment) and was convicted for it.
mod prime (9 дней назад)
he didn't claim gender is a social construct. He defined the socially constructed thing we call gender, which has subsequently been expanded upon. He was not convicted, he was not charged, he was not arrested. He didn't have a man raised as a girl. The parents raised David as Brenda, at Money's suggestion, though they did not complete sexual reassignment with full surgery.
Christopher Steve (1 месяц назад)
If you believe that gender is a social construct you deserve to be removed from this planet. You’re mentally defective and the fact that you don’t know it is a crime. The reason you need to be removed from earth is that you refuse to acknowledge your problem and use fellow sick individuals to obtain the agendas you want. That is the crime. You need to be euthanized for the good of humanity.
Christopher Steve (9 дней назад)
mod prime ok!
mod prime (9 дней назад)
+Christopher Steve No you.
Christopher Steve (9 дней назад)
mod prime you should wrap a plastic bag over your head. You’re in pain and confused. Let go.
mod prime (9 дней назад)
No you.
Borg 7777 (1 месяц назад)
Let us clear up this Transgender argument once and for all.1.  All Men are Men.  If a boy is born with a penis he is a Man and he is definitely a Man.2.  A number of women are actually Men or boys in women's bodies.  This is due to the Higher Authorities sorting out the Evil of feminism and this is part of the Plan to deal with the Evil. However, NONE of the Men or boys in women's bodies have sex change operations.  If a woman has a sex change operation then she is DEFINITELY a woman.And that is that.And that is straight from the mouth of The Lord.Remember it is your SPIRITUAL shape that matters not your PHYSICAL shape and The Lord knows what your SPIRITUAL shape is
Matthew Bigelow (1 месяц назад)
It is a proven fact of reality that gender is NOT a social construct. With the rise of postmodernism, many people simply reject facts that are inconvenient to their narrow minded world view, believing that objective reality is either irrelevant or non-existent. Hoping that you are not one of those people, I present a decisive refutation of the claim that gender is a social construct. If we define gender as the several distinctions between male and female gender expression, then some aspects of gender can be considered socially constructed. For example, nowhere in science does it say that wearing a dress is a woman thing. That is entirely the result of social influence. However, gender, biological sex and gender expression are three separate concepts. Many aspects of gender actually have their routes in unalterable human biology. As a matter of fact, there are inherent biological differences between the male and female brains, which inevitably lead to different behaviors. According to Brain Differences Between Genders by Dr. Gregory L Jantz Ph D, there are proven physical differences in the way that men’s and women’s brains process speech. While baby boys and girls are in utero, their brains develop with different hemispheric divisions of labor. The left and right hemispheres of the male brain and the female brain are set up differently. While females typically have verbal centers on both sides of the brain, males usually have verbal centers exclusively on the left hemisphere. Subsequently, women describe stories, incidents, feelings, objects and places with more words than males. Men and boys generally have fewer verbal centers and less connectivity between their words centers and their feelings or memories. The female gender is naturally advantaged in discussing senses and emotions together. That is information came from this source: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/hope-relationships/201402/brain-differences-between-genders In 2006, Gender Related Differences in Lateralization of Hippocampal Activation and Cognitive Strategy by Lars Frings, Kathrin Wagner, Josef Unterrainer, Joachim Spreer, Ulrike Hasband and Andreas Schulze-Bonhage made made a similar finding. In the men’s brain, hippocampal activation was substantially more right lateralized, compared to the more left lateralized hippocampal activation of women’s brains. That information came from this source: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/7264310_Gender-related_differences_in_lateralization_of_hippocampal_activation_and_cognitive_strategy According to Sex Differences in the Human Visual System, published in the Journal of Neuroscience in 2017, males and females have different ways of processing visual information. Neurology can explain these differences. These differences might actually be related to the differences in the prevalence of mental disorders such as schizophrenia and autism. That information came from this source: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/309736160_Sex_Differences_in_the_Human_Visual_System A review on sex differences in processing emotions by M.E. Kret and B. De Gelder in 2012 states that the neurological differences between female and males should not be ignored. In the field of self expression and recognizing emotions, women outperform men. However, men show greater responses to threatening cues. That information came from this source: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/221747306_A_review_on_sex_differences_in_processing_emotions According to Sex differences in brain gray and white matter in healthy young adults: Correlations with cognitive performance by Ruben C. Gur in 1999, there are significantly different proportions of white matter, grey matter and cerebral spinal fluid between the male brain and the female brain. There is a correlations between these physical differences and differences in various tests and cognitive performance between males and females. The study helped confirm that men have a higher percentage of white matter and cerebral spinal fluid and women have a greater percentage of grey matter. Due to these differences a correction is sustained for total intracranial volume. That information came from this source: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/13064645_Sex_differences_in_brain_gray_and_white_matter_in_healthy_young_adults_Correlations_with_cognitive_performance There is legitimate scientific evidence proving that biologically influenced differences in behavior of boys and girls is apparent as early as six months of age, before children have any understanding of gender identity or social expectations, according to Sex differences in six month old infants’ effects and behavior impact maternal caregiving, published Marta Katherine Weinberg of the University of Massachusetts in 1992. It is impossible to account for these differences by differences in interactions baby boys and baby girls have with their mothers. Significant differences between session stability in both sex’s behavioral and effective displays was found particularly in the first play. This strongly suggests that this is an age at which stress does not highlight individual differences. There is an overwhelming amount of data to suggest that, compared to girls, boys are more socially directed and effectively reactive than girls. Girls are more object oriented and use more self regulatory behaviors than boys. Therefore, six month old babies show gender based effective, behavioral and self-regulatory differences appearing in the absence of maternal effect and behavior. That information came from this source: https://scholarworks.umass.edu/dissertations/AAI9219513/ According to Sex differences in response to children’s toys in nonhuman primates (Cercopithecus aethiops sabaeus) by Gerianne M Alexander and Melissa Hines in 2002, inherent biological differences between male and female brains, shown during infancy, are found not just in humans, but other primates as well. Baby male monkeys naturally desire to play with trucks and other traditionally masculine toys, while baby female monkeys naturally desire to play with dolls and other traditionally feminine toys. That information came from this source: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/13064645_Sex_differences_in_brain_gray_and_white_matter_in_healthy_young_adults_Correlations_with_cognitive_performance Despite the irrefutable proof that gender is not a social construct, that definitely does not mean that gender and biological sex are one and the same. In other words, it is possible to have a female body with female reproductive organs and a double X chromosome, while having a male brain, or have a male body with male reproductive organs and a Y chromosome, while having a female brain. Such a condition is called gender dysphoria. Scientists do not completely understand what causes gender dysphoria, the popular belief is that it is caused by hormonal imbalances during fetal development or genetic factors which result in a brain with a physiology not matching up with the sex characteristic of the body. Therefore, gender dysphoria is a congenital condition and not a social construct. A more in detail description of what gender dysphoria is can be found by checking out these links: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/conditions/gender-dysphoria https://www.news-medical.net/health/Causes-of-Gender-Dysphoria.aspx https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22322655 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3402034/ https://academic.oup.com/jcem/article/85/5/2034/2660626 The unfounded assertion that gender is a social construct actually invalidates transgender people as a group, because it reduces their gender identity to a role playing game. If the gender with which you identify is purely the result of social conditioning and it is possible to reject those social standards, that means that it is possible to choose your gender identity. That means that gender identity is just a preference and you have no basis for demanding that people respect your pronouns, because your “choice of gender” is no more worthy of respect than your favorite ice cream flavor or pizza topping. No one who actually suffers from gender dysphoria would claim that gender is a social construct, because for them it is not. To hear a more in detail explanation if this topic from an actual real transgender individual, check this link to this video by male to female transgender YouTuber Blaire White: Gender is NOT A Social Construct! https://youtu.be/s9WqfBDjRF8 I HAD SO MUCH TO TYPE THAT I COULD NOT FIT IT INTO ONE COMMENT. I HAD TO TYPE TWO COMMENTS.
Matthew Bigelow (23 дня назад)
Dohn Joe. You would love to read the source on that? Well then read the sources that I cited in my original comment.
Matthew Bigelow (1 месяц назад)
The myth about gender being a social construct came from a famous example of science fraud. In the 1960’s John William Money a psychologist from New Zealand believed in gender neutrality, the theory that sexual identity is the product of social conditioning and had nothing to do with biology. Money actually thought that a girl could become a boy or the other way around, simply by being raised that way. In August of 1965, a pair of identical twin boys named Brian and Bruce were born in Winnipeg Canada. At six months of age, both babies were diagnosed with pathological phimosis, a condition which makes it physically impossible for the foreskin of the penis to properly retract. This condition interferes with the passing of urine. The two boys got circumcised to correct the problem. Bruce’s circumcision went horribly wrong, and his genitalia was burnt beyond repair. The doctor did not operate on Brian, whose condition would later clear up by natural means. Bruce’s parents took him to see Dr. Money at John Hopkins hospital in Baltimore. Money recommended that Bruce get gender reassignment surgery, since his disfigured penis would make it tough to happily live life as a male. At the age of 22 months, Bruce’s male genitalia was surgically removed, he was given a rudimentary vulva and Bruce’s name was legally changed to Brenda. Over the next ten years, Dr Money observed Brenda and Brian and Brenda was completely unaware that “she” used to be a boy. Money claimed that the experiment was successful and that Brenda lived life as a normal little girl alongside her very different twin brother. This was a huge lie. Back in Canada, Brenda behaved in a masculine manner, playing with her brother’s boy toys instead of her own girl toys. As Brenda matured, her voice deepened, despite the female hormones that she took, and she preferred to urinate standing up. Money suggested that Brenda’s rudimentary vulva be reconstructed into a more complete vagina. The parents refused. In 1980, when Brenda was 14, Brenda was suicidal. The parents finally told Brenda that she was born a boy. Brenda decided to become a man. Brenda’s name was legally changed to David, he underwent numerous genital reconstructive surgeries and got a mastectomy to remove the breasts that he had developed from the estrogen therapy. Though Money’s experiment was a failure and fraud, he continued to flaunt his fake success. In the archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, there is an article titled Sex Reassignment at Birth: A Long Term Review and Clinical Implications. Here is a link to that article: http://www.hawaii.edu/PCSS/biblio/articles/1961to1999/1997-sex-reassignment.html This article exposes the failure of Money’s experiment.
RecycleBycicleTwice (1 месяц назад)
If you speak languages other than English, can you comment if you have a different word for sex and gender? I speak Russian, and they translate to exactly the same word.
jonathan picard (1 месяц назад)
Ok video, but terrible conclusion, what is the point of this debate then if the only thing you can conclude is "whatever, go on with life and be happy"? The question I ask myself is how can we know that someone has a different gender -outside of them telling you-? Is to feel a certain way sufficient to determine gender? If there is no outside way of determining it, how do you reliably differentiate between a crazy person and a genuine one? Simply belief? Do you have a scientific or rigorous way? If characteristics of one person is determine only by the one person (and ask for immediate-no inquiry required or possible for that matter- social recognition), does it apply to all characteristics (ethical behavior, species determination, etc.?)
AQUAMARiNEraito (1 месяц назад)
race IS a social construct
Mithun Vinayaraj (1 месяц назад)
In less than a second- The answer is no
Stefano douche (1 месяц назад)
women are stupid
Ulises Torres (1 месяц назад)
Any gender outside of male and female is mental illness.
Bryn Holland (1 месяц назад)
I could have done this video in one sentence "gender is not a social construct, and there are only two genders, male and female."
Eduardo G (1 месяц назад)
What is your source about the gender channeling thing in Chile? I live here and have never heard such things
Purple Haze (1 месяц назад)
Gender and sex cannot be separated, sorry but it is a fact you cannot overcome no matter how much nonsense you spew.
Gracie Alicia (1 месяц назад)
a set of fun bags to play with??? reallyyyyy??? not starting off with a good impression 🙄
Mishaal Kisan (1 месяц назад)
I feel like this whole gender thing is going to be one of those things the next gen or the one after that will look back to and say “what on earth were they thinking?”, likely because they’ll have bigger things to worry about
Mishaal Kisan (1 месяц назад)
I feel like this whole gender thing is going to be one of those things the next gen or the one after that will look back to and say “what on earth were they thinking?”, likely because they’ll have bigger things to worry about
Fadi Al-zahrani (2 месяца назад)
steiner333 (2 месяца назад)
This video seems to be confusing gender and sex. Sex is biological (in part), gender is social
William Guy Thilgen Jr. (2 месяца назад)
There are only two gender's, all the rest are inbetween.
RobinHautbois (2 месяца назад)
No one has EVER been able to explain to me what it means "to feel like a (wo)man" ..... if you don't live through menstruations and the fear of getting pregnant, you don"t know what it means to "feel like" a woman ... anything else is stereotype and we've just been through generations battling against stereotypes and expectations!!!
Aezyme (2 месяца назад)
This is so English focused....
Just Vannah (2 месяца назад)
Oh my, here comes the trolls
Bill Keck (2 месяца назад)
Some people hold these truths to be self evident: that all humans are created equal and are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights. Among these are the Rights to Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness. Thus all humans should be considered equal in the eyes of the law: including trans-people. If a man decides they would decides he would rather just change clothing and live his/her Life as a woman, is it not his/her Right to Life, Liberty & Pursuit of Happiness to do so? It is not any legitimate business of the federal, state or local government. Nor is it any business of his neighboprs or potential employers. If he wants to be called she and change his name to a feminine name, so what? If a man decides they would decides he would prefer to take hormones and sexual reassignment surgery and live his/her Life as a woman, is it not his/her Right to Life, Liberty & Pursuit of Happiness to do so? It is not any legitimate business of the federal, state or local government. Nor is it any business of his neighbors or potential employers. . If he wants to be called she and change his name to a feminine name, "What difference at this point does it make?"
Zadov Rus (2 месяца назад)
I have a better idea why don't both sexes be called "male" since there is a male in both genders!
Sturgeon (2 месяца назад)
A certain stone age tribe in India (who are baffled by the idea of bathing and also practice slavery) identifies three genders. Therefore ALL THE WORLD should have more than two genders!!! Fucking feminist logic man...
Juni LEE (2 месяца назад)
Gender stereotypes, and expression, and whatnot are social constructs. But NO! Gender Identity on the other hand is NOT a social construct. See: https://qz.com/1190996/scientific-research-shows-gender-is-not-just-a-social-construct/ Transgenderism is hence not a social construct likewise, but is biological (an intersex condition of the brain vs the body). Otherwise, reparative theraphy would have worked for diagnosed trans-people. It is transvestitism (which actually may lead to mild dystopia, w/o the persistent sense of gender incongruity ever since adolescence) that is based solely upon social construct, i.e. the result of "nurture", or other causes.
Roy Hillis (2 месяца назад)
It's the equality brigade doing this tho. I don't think most people believe it. It feels right in most people's head that the would should be this equal and fair place where nobody is disabled, everyone is equal and it's all nice. There are differences in gender and these people who want this form of equality feel they should campaign in favour of policy that enforces equality. Such as quotas in jobs, females playing in male sports teams and all the insanity that goes with it. Bottom line is, I am not a frog and no matter how you write the policy I will never hop from a Lily pad. It's not my biology. All you can do with policy is be nice to the frogs, you can't change what they are.
Eve ill (2 месяца назад)
fuckin YES
tears of joy for all this pain (2 месяца назад)
It is highly amusing that everyone is arguing about this. When everything is a made up, subjective, human construct. (And I do mean everything).
Stilus Veho (2 месяца назад)
I think glossing over the horrific experience of david reimar and his brother was a mistake but you only had 7 minutes.
Melina Covi (2 месяца назад)
Okay then: *Men are able to be stronger than women with less effort.* _ Does that mean if you pick a random man and a random woman that the man is automatically always stronger than the woman? *No.* Does it mean that society does not tell men to "man up" and not be weak, does it mean there are no roles? *No, there are roles.*
Eve Kiang (2 месяца назад)
sex = biology gender = stereotypes and patriarchy
Connor Boothman (2 месяца назад)
Or we could all identify as Humans
DavidFMayerPhD (2 месяца назад)
Here is how to determine your gender: Look between your legs. If you are an innie, you are female. If you are an outie, you are male. That wasn't too difficult, was it?
mod prime (9 дней назад)
+DavidFMayerPhD Oh good, so you do understand how languages work. Then you'll understand that usage is how a word is defined. And gender is used to denote psychological and behavioral aspects of a human and sex is used to denote the pysiological/morphological. If you want to regard them as strictly synonymous, you render the point of having seperate words useless, and force us to coin a new word to mean what 'gender' was being used for. Which, given we already have the word 'gender' is even more pointless prescriptivism. What would you prefer, incidentally? Genus? Could be confused with the biological classification system. Genre could be confused with art/literature. Genera perhaps, slightly less confusing that genus, but sounds quite close to gender so this brings us around to the central question - why bother ridding us of the word gender?
DavidFMayerPhD (9 дней назад)
+mod prime Right. "gender" was originally used in languages exactly because they didn't want to say "sex", but that is the original meaning. In some languages, nouns have "gender", door may be masculine & window feminine, because the same verb forms and adjectives were used for inanimate objects as for objects that had actual sex. Nonetheless, the core meaning of gender is sex, of which there are exactly two (at least in normal humans).
mod prime (9 дней назад)
+DavidFMayerPhD Gender is not a physiological term. It is only used synonymously by prudes who think the word 'sex' is rude. Keep trying.
DavidFMayerPhD (9 дней назад)
+mod prime SEX = GENDER so far an physiology is concerned.
mod prime (9 дней назад)
congrats, you just sexed yourself. you didn't gender yourself. try again.
Brandon Goss (2 месяца назад)
There's only two genders which is obvious! if you don't believe this you're lost
Ya Boi (2 месяца назад)
I think all the gender markers we need are Male (M), Female (F), and Third Gender (X)
Book Keeper (2 месяца назад)
Wow people are really this lost and foolish, your either a man or a women simple. I’ll continue to pray for y’all
Panda_ Party22 (2 месяца назад)
It is true that men are biologically stronger..... Why is it so hard to understand?
Dr. Complex (2 месяца назад)
Transgenders are just immigrants to another body. This is probably the smartest comment made over the past couple years made on the absurdity of such a simple concept
Jon Umine (2 месяца назад)
We should acknowledge there's only 2 genders and sex: Men or women *But* we should *ALSO* acknowledge hormones (testosterone and pheromone) affects the brain. sometimes a men is affected by pheromones and thus, is more detailist, emotional and, most times weaker. sometimes a women is affected by testosterone and thus, acts more aggressive and like stronger activities (or grows less breasts, less marked hips, etcetc. <- maybe this two aren't affected by hormones, sorry ladies...) but regardless, they fall under the only 2 genders. (ALSO if someone brings it up, hermaphrodite aren't exactly in the middle of both genders, so get up to it)
Meep Changeling (2 месяца назад)
Bro, you messed up. The real reason for this conflict is people need to learn more English because they have no idea that gender isn't a word you can substitute for biological sex.
Brandon Thomas (2 месяца назад)
"Language has historically simplified itself" its a pretty wild claim. Language as a human phenomenon doesn't really have many universal terms that I would call "simplifying". Language is always evolving, and as society calls upon it to describe our more complex understandings and social notions, language will probably become more complex, if I were to guess.
Ben Fucking Shapiro (2 месяца назад)
*_Short answer: No!_*
Nonoctoro (2 месяца назад)
My gender is happiness, but It would be soon Sadness.
Radurty (2 месяца назад)
if the answer is yes dislike'
Kio Kurashi (2 месяца назад)
What I don't understand is why people seem to assume that their PERSONALITY is soley dependant on their GENDER. I know that in some cultures, and even the past life styles, they were funneled into certain archtypes, but even then we historically have people who didn't follow those 'norms.' I'd need to actually look into history again, but I'm quite certain we've had effiminate men who weren't called women or anything like that so it's not as if it's some foriegn concept. There are only 3 things I think: Male and Female for how your reproductive organs work, and those suuuper rare people who actually have both. I'd probably classify those who've had surgury to switch with that latter category, but if they haven't had still got their original parts then they are the male/female equivalent that they are. It's the whole point of genders anyway; who you can mate with. I also don't care that this a year+ video.
StSebbe (2 месяца назад)
Let's all be Ale🍻 xd
Polarbi Anarchy (2 месяца назад)
You seem to never seperate sex and gender...
waffal66 (2 месяца назад)
As someone who is female-to-male, I believe the whole nurture aspect where gender is a social construct really shoots the trans community in the foot. You say that people are born transgender, but you say that gender in and of itself is not biologically driven. Makes perfect sense huh?
Searing Guardian (2 месяца назад)
My gender is All knowing so you can't question me. I have all the answers in life due to my gender. Because of this I learned that my gender does not exist and was made up by me, thus creating it into a social construct that just confuses more people.

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