Matt Walsh is asking this question in his new book and movie and getting a variety of answers it seems. Being a data driven science type guy, I like to start answering questions like this with observations. What observations can we make about women (and men) besides the obvious physical differences? Well if I had to characterize women vs. men over the whole scope of what we call history — the past 6000 years or so — I’d probably characterize women (contrasted with men) as generally … more nurturing, more empathetic, more emotional, more discerning, less creative / more maintaining … and men (contrasted with women) as generally … less nurturing more conquering / destroying, less empathetic, less emotional, less discerning, more creative / less maintaining. To summarize … I would say that Woman = Discerner / Revealer / Nurturer … Man = Maker / Conqueror / Destroyer. Of course these are generalities and there are definitely areas of overlap. Also, there will be debate as to WHY these differences exist. Some say it’s social conditioning and some say it’s more biological. What say you?
Lesbians “womanly “feelings certainly do not include a an attraction the Chippendales, likewise for many straight women.Some women are attracted to neither male or female. Holding a door open is an interesting choice, does that make a man “ womanly “ if he opens the door for another dude? So many gray areas.
Maybe, if your search for what makes one a woman, like a culture warrior Sherlock Holmes , list the commonalities between man and woman and what you have left is definition of the difference.
It seems true ,to me, someone must be highly motivated to take a different path. Perhaps they consider themselves as not fitting into a neat box . So the whole decision which stereotypical category to place oneself in does not come up. Of course, that is true in many things in the human experience .Conformity is the safer choice.
In my thought experiment, your body isn’t modified to look female, it’s replaced altogether with a female body. The severity of the accident left your doctors no choice but to transplant your brain into a new body, and the only donor body available was female.
I stress this just in case it changes any of your answers. Does it?
I’ll assume for now that your answers won’t change based on the above, but let us know if they do.
So if a particular gay man has those ‘womanly’ feelings, he’s a hybrid, not a man?
That’s what your logic implies. You’d initially consider yourself a hybrid since your brain and body were of different sexes. But if your brain started producing thoughts that were sufficiently womanly, it would become a female brain, and at that point you’d consider yourself a woman because your brain and body would both be female.
So for you, a brain is male if it produces thoughts that are sufficiently ‘manly”, and it’s female if it produces thoughts that are sufficiently ‘womanly’. Is there a third category for brains whose thoughts are neither sufficiently manly nor sufficiently womanly?
You’d also say that a man is a person with a male brain and a male body, a woman is a person with a female brain and a female body, and a hybrid is a person whose brain and body mismatch in terms of sex.
Does that all sound right?
OK, let’s grant that those labels aren’t important to you. I still ask: would you be a lesbian, given that you have a woman’s body and are attracted to women, or would you be straight, given that you have a male brain and are attracted to women? Neither lesbian nor straight?
Look what I started!!
Why are you acting surprised? You asked the question. It was clear that you didn’t have a good answer. My thought experiment and the questions I’ve posed are designed to help you come up with a better answer, one that reflects your intuitions and is also logically consistent.
You might find that impossible, but if so, that’s good! As a “a data driven science type guy”, you want your answer to be logically consistent, right? Knowing that it’s inconsistent would spur you on to develop a different answer.
Please go ahead and answer my questions, and we’ll see where it leads.
Are you out there? You disappeared just when the conversation was about to get really interesting.
I always suspected some people here claiming or implying got be men must’ve have been women. OmAgain is one of them….
Are you a women in trapped in man’s body too????lol