In today's Guardian Deborah Orr writes about feminism and trans gender women (Feminism shouldn't be about telling trans women they're not female enough). She says:
[I]f my entire body was removed, and only my head remained, somehow attached to machines that kept me alive, I'd still feel entirely female, just as I felt as a child, before my breasts had developed, before I even knew I had a vagina or a womb.So what is it that makes someone male or female?
Personally, I'm completely baffled by gender. It's never crossed my mind to wonder about my own gender, but I've no idea whether that's because I am inherently, unequivocally, male, or whether it just something I've never had cause to address.
Actually I'm skeptical of what Deborah Orr says. How can she know that she would "still feel entirely female"? What does it mean to be "entirely female" anyway? No, I really can't buy that. I just don't think "entirely female" or "entirely male" exists.