What if Gender didn’t matter?
We had a conversation last night that began with thinking about gender as a construct. A construct in the philosophy of science is an ideal object, where the existence of the thing may be said to depend upon a subject’s mind. This, as opposed to a real object, where existence does not seem to depend on the existence of a mind
We can certainly discuss the gender differences when it comes to nature vs nurture. Years ago Josh had acquired an arsenal of toy guns for this yellow pellet shooting game he played with his friends. What was amazing to me is that over the course of the summer every single man regardless of age that walked into that house would walk directly over to the basket of guns, grab one and play with it. Not one woman did. Is that nature or nurture?
Yet if we raised our children with zero gender bias. Meaning that if young boys played with dolls in the kitchen or young girls gravitated towards baseball mitts that nobody would give it a second thought or make a comment. That as they grew up we let them just be whoever they chose to be. Some men might choose to be the ones to stay at home or that some women might become fully entrenched in engineering because they were just left to their own desires.
Nobody is born one gender or the other, says the philosopher Judith Butler. “We act and walk and speak and talk in ways that consolidate an impression of being a man or being a woman.”
What if over time all of our prejudices, our biases, our expectations for men and women would just fade into the woodwork. We would just applaud people for wherever their path took them. Essentially it would just come down to people saying I am being me.
That would a great start to 2015.