What makes a man a man, and a woman a woman? Is it biology, or is it more than that? Please explain.
If you woke up tomorrow morning as a member of the opposite sex, would you still hold on to your original gender identity. For example, if you are a woman and wake up as a man, are you still a woman? Why or why not?
I don't think it's biology, or at least not to a significant extent. People are people, and societal norms and pressures create gender structures. Personally, though I identify as a woman, I really don't think it's important for my self-identity. If I woke up as a man, I guess I'd be fine with letting my gender be fluid - well, beyond the shocking implications of such an ordeal, haha. On the other hand, some, maybe most people do feel their gender is a huge part of their identity, and I suppose those people, if their sex were miraculously switched, would become transgender?
Based on my knowledge, biology does play a small part in it. There are hormonal differences between the two genders. Also, it seems like men lose weight a bit faster and have a higher upper limit in muscle growth. However, I believe that much of the distinction lies with our culture. For example, it is thought that girls are generally weaker than men, but a girl who doesn't weight lift should be just as strong as a man who doesn't, except the girl probably doesn't play sports as much because of society. I believe that the main "problem" lies in our culture in society.
I have no idea what it would be like to wake up as a member of the opposite sex. I would first try to see where my mind itself is, before the gender differences. It may be a strange thought, but I might not necessarily try to fight the change (unless I was married, possibly).
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