How does one come to establish their identity? How does one find their identity? Is it found through a spiritual experience, researching, by nature, or what we are taught? The human experience focuses on a continuum of lessons in a lifetime, which all come back to reflect oneself in one universe. From the beginning, though, people are incorporated into different sects, functions, roles, and ideas once they are born. The people that they come from, biologically or adoptively – their parents – give them their certain sketches of who they are. It takes their own growth to choose or not to choose and accept these identities. “Pink or blue?” is the question for at least a year for a mother with a new child. The color is even chosen a few months before the child is even born. Humans, of course, are not obsessed with the colors pink and blue, but the new child’s genitals. Is not that odd and even disturbing? These genitals supposedly give way to the child’s “sex category” for the parents to start preparation of the cliché “engendering process.”
There may be a lot of confusion in the past paragraph just stated. “There is three different parts of our sexual identity? A sexual trinity?” may be a qualified curiosity. There is sex, sex category, and gender. Sex is the biological part of a human, which is traditionally prescribed by one’s genitals, hormones, and bodily processes regarded as male or female. The differences come from very early labeling of differences between humans as “female” and “male.” Once one is finalized into a label, they are given a sex category. It comes under certain given characteristics that one is traditionally one or the other, but there can be twists and turns in thisregard because of certain intuitive conceptualization on questions of sexual identity. Gender involves one’s sex category and understanding oneself in a place of everyday application to roles, clothing, display, esteem, and other traits. The labels of “feminine,” “masculine,” “genderfuck,” “transgender,” “agender,” and “genderqueer” and conceptions of sexual orientation come into play.
The tripartite sexual identity of each human, which includes sex, sex category, and gender, is itself a social construct, created through social means to give reference to differences among people in a population. Race, sex, and gender are all socially constructed concepts, but the reality of them is tangible because of their appraisal in society. To ignore such concepts is to create more erasure for minorities that have worked hard for the power of their identities, and the ignorance also creates sociological ricochet. To ignore a concept of social construction, would be to ignore the depravities given to certain groups under a given category that may need the appraisal of such concept to give them respect and equality. The ignorance of the privileged to such social constructs as “unreal” or “in need of erasure” only gives more oppression to the underprivileged. In understanding gender, there must be acceptance of it as a social construct, but also that it is something that encompasses one’s whole sexual identity and can be allowed to (negatively or positively) permeate one’s whole entire identity. Gender is brought forth in one’s expression, personality, and displays, which seems beyond traditional or “essential” streams of thought. Thankfully, “trans*” means “beyond” in Latin. The fact that gender is a social construct does not mean that one is limited to think of it only involved in one’s social world, but it is also involved in the psychological world stemming from the biological. Gender flourishes from a mind’s perception of self, which may be different from an earlier recognized, biological sense of self in reference to what young teens refer to as “no-no squares.”
According to the “natural” or essentialist approach to gender, one is assigned roles, ideals, and expressions according to given genitals. This follows a binary of “feminine” and “masculine” traits given to a “male” or “female” or in this case a “penis-possessing male” or “vagina-possessing female.” Are there not times where humans have both types of genitals? These possibly are intersex people or people that are given the common yet derogatory term of a “hermaphrodite.” The amount of people still possessing both is rare. Especially in this capitalist, white, male-centered society, there is a limit to gender fluidity. It is common for a doctor to detach one of the two genital organs from a “newborn” infant before a parent can give any permission. Does this not sound unethical? Some argue that the infant would be seen as a monster or freak, and others that it challenges the normative, binary way of thinking. First, who is to know that the child ever has both sets of genitals? Second, who is really entitled to make such a disruption to a child that would not be of any real healthful benefit? The child may face different problems than the majority of the population and may shock a few authority figures while changing their diapers, but is not the child going to explore some sort of curiosity to begin with because of how they feel and think distinctly from others? When one is born, our mind is given an identity relating to “masculine” and “feminine” traits and so is our physical body. At least one percent of the time, though, they are not in correct balance. A transgender identity embarks upon the journey of finding one’s mind, body, and display in a similar pattern with one gender identity whether female, male, agender (without or lack of gender), or genderqueer.
Many may still ask, “How does one actually have a legitimate and understandable gender identity?” It may seem like pure brouhaha to the amateur of this socio-ideology, but it is come to be understood from a knowledge of peace. A person should be exposed to what is possible for their own expression and once they find this peace of mind, they know, and they strive for what they know is to be their fulfilling self. Most people stay the gender that they were ascribed to as a child, which is fine as long as it does not become problematic for peers who are questioning of their own identity and expression.
To the newcomer of such truth about gender, these concepts that make up one’s own identity may seem uncomfortable yet mind-boggling. The student may have heard of only the fallible, binarist tradition of man and woman, while also knowing some people of queer sexualities such as gay men, lesbians, and bisexuals, but for most new students, it makes them look beyond or “transcend” what they have been socialized to believe. The reason for this restrictive and oppressive ignorance is because of the system of patriarchy. Patriarchy is an old tradition that links humanity to a history and process of domination by the male gender. Patriarchy is not men themselves, but it is a destructive ideology that gives cigendered (people who keep their ascribed gender at birth) men superiority over other identities for their own self-centered, man-identified, man-dominated purposes. To go beyond a cisnormative, heteronormative binarist establishment, a person is rebelling against the “natural” order. The establishment gives men superiority over women, who are socialized as possessions, sex slaves, maids, and second-class citizens. The men are to uphold a standard of only a heterosexual nature that provides naturally gay, bisexual, and other queer identities with a “closet” or psychological incarceration. Men are also socialized to be leaders, keep an unemotional, “masculine” persona, compete with one another for domination and attention, while keeping a loyal bond as a link between each other.
Questions as to where this system was created has been up to much debate in the past several decades. The two largest theories is that it was passed down through our own macroevolution of humanity or that back a several thousand years men became possessive and oppressive in the beginning of the domestication of animals and as private property became a quantity in the human economy. Why is the system being perpetuated still if it is so ancient? This is a great question that holds new, innovative and old, traditional answers. Religion has been an old proponent to the processing of patriarchy. Most religions hold to a holy scriptural assignment to men as the superior gender and the leaders of any social environment because with this practice they “glorify their god(s).” The family dynamic has given a perpetuation of the patriarchal legacy, too. The nuclear family ideal of the man having a wife and children gives to a similar nationalistic attitude to social dominance, while women and children are held within their limits as the possession and/or anchor to such a victorious conquest.
In the late 1800s, the Industrial Revolution arose from England crossing the Atlantic to America. In this time of deep transition, capitalism became magnified and idolized. Men were prompted to become a part of the factory occupation, while women were prioritized within the limits of the household and keeping up with the rest of the family’s needs. Capitalism extended the boundaries of domination within the West with men and their given male privilege having higher depths to proceed over the rest of the gender and sexual identities. With the exceeding accessibility of males to even higher positions came the exceeding oppression of women in socialization. Women would deal with scrutiny for leaving the home, glass ceilings, glass elevators, and less accessibility to the concept of being an equal within society. Not only does capitalism’s power effect women, but it also grows a neglect and abuse to nature as well. The desire for money and prestige comes to destroy the boundaries of animals’ homes, deforestation, and neglect of the environment’s resources such as air and the ozone layer. Nature becomes a quantity to dominate and humans hold a hyper-speciesist (a heightened discrimination towards nature) practice of seeking one’s priorities over other species.
Capitalism is only kept as a subsystem of society because of one of patriarchy’s biggest perpetuating machines – the central government. In regards to the history of a central government, there have been many shifts within the availability for patriarchy to flourish more efficiently. The U.S. government may have more availability in their democratic republic to give more rights to women, but it also gives great availability for patriarchy to dictate society. Even with the notion of women having more rights within a democratic republic, central government is built upon a patriarchal foundation of giving prestige and power to a select group of pawns. Central government gives one group (powerful political leaders) privilege and superiority over another group (the nation’s citizens). With the established male privilege beforehand, it gives more leeway for cisgendered, straight men to hold benefits and priorities from others that differ from their identity. Not only does it depend on gender and sexual orientation, but it also gives a particular race privilege, which are the white cisgendered, straight men. The history of white men killing millions of Native Americans, enslaving millions of black Africans, and scrutinizing Asians and Hispanics gives leeway for current systemic white privilege. Not only does the supposed “democratic republic” give special endowment to white men through central government, but it is especially given to those to what is now our country’s (or empire’s) title as an “oligarchy.”
An oligarchy is ruled by the rich or the corporate sector of a nation. Those who have special ties between the central government and the corporate sector establish themselves to a high standard of privilege that holds benefits and priorities to minorities (according to populace) and establishes a wider establishment in the repercussions upon minorities (as far as entitlement). There are many other perpetuators, but the last great establishment that perpetuates the system of patriarchy is derived from the central government – the military of a nation. The military is the threshold of the masculine appraisal of the patriarchy. Privileged men are given the opportunity of ranks to fulfill their superiority in a physical dynamic. They hold their positions over other men and minorities to create chaos within a global spectrum for the desire of power, greed, and most of all – domination. The need for war and violence within a society is an indoctrinated system given from generation to generation blinding people into a support of the possession of citizens by an ascribed central government. “Serving one’s country” and “dying for liberty” are statements used to deify the government, a large piece of land (or nation), and one’s possession to the privileged rich. The central government of rich bureaucrats indoctrinate their own blindness to their “common” citizens to slave for the military, include minorities as if it is a new right or privilege, give access to men for higher status, and establishes the military as a force to release masculine tension, dogma, and practice onto other countries for more dominance, possible capital, and feudal prestige. As already stated, these vital perpetuators of patriarchy keep the rich cisgendered, heterosexual men above all other groups of people in social, political, and economical inferiority and oppression. They not only affect nature, the poor, and women as possessions, but they also establish an erasure of gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender, agender, genderqueer, and other queer identities. Minority races such as blacks and Hispanics are kept at a distance and scrutiny as an inferior yet phobia of the white man. Nature becomes a quantity for profit and a victim of ridiculous abuse and neglect. Women become raped, kept at home, limited in gains, and objects for the purpose of domination. The poor become a quantity to laugh at, yell at, blame on, and victim of crime, abuse, and neglect. Queers become an object of utter scorn, worthless, deviant, laughable, unholy, perverted, and victims of abuse and murder. Minority races become a quantity of the poor, a showcase of weird perversion for entertainment, faulty, and also victims of abuse and neglect.
Is the domination and conquest of patriarchy by citizens the correct method to eliminating these distressing injustices? While domination and conquest does murder and kill, the right alternative would be to completely obliterate patriarchy altogether. How can this happen, and what can we do every day for this cause? Citizens for the common good and equality of humanity must start action at the roots of patriarchy and/or the main perpetuators of the system. Citizens must also observe behaviors and attitudes within themselves and their surroundings that promote patriarchy.
First, what do citizens do in defense to these perpetuators? Religion is one of the few systemic perpetuators that hold no need for obliteration. It rather needs to be understood in the right context their scriptures and traditions are speaking. For example, Christians need to understand the context of the Bible in its statements on gender roles and sexuality in the New Testament. There are already denominations that understand the correct context and uphold to the fight for the obliteration of patriarchy, too. The family system also does not need to be obliterated, but it rather needs to be reframed. The older couple of the family of “mom and dad” must give more freedom to an egalitarian establishment between the couple with the freedom of two dads and two moms. The couple must be seen as a dynamic of love for their children, which encircles around each other for their own well-being and strength. Capitalism is a subsystem of patriarchy that is urgent in obliteration as an economic ideal. Green communism, which is stereotyped as a totalitarian governmental system, should be a new alternative to society’s economic standard. It would establish socialistic grounds of passing around equal amounts of means, an obliteration of a class system, a respect to the global natural environment, and less accessible possibility of domination with the idea of private property seen as obsolete. In keeping communism from serving the purposes of the central government and to obliterate the patriarchal legacy of the central government, anarchism must become an alternative to government. A direct democracy with citizens having equal voting rights on all issues and procedures would destroy the power dichotomy that the central government holds over its citizens. Anarchy would establish not only an obliteration of a central government but also a pacifist grounds to society. A militia led by volunteer citizens would be have a possibility to be operable, but its strength would be at a lesser effect than a central government-linked military. With these change of ideals as true and ethical means of running a society, the patriarchy would come at a drastically faster rate of falling. These ideals put into protest, education, and legislation is feasible through the process of time. The protest against the patriarchy must get stronger and stronger.
How do citizens gain more feminists and keep the protest going? The answer to this question will be an everyday practice. Citizens must educate their peers on issues in the classroom and in social environments. “Doing unto others as you would like to be done to you” must become a statement to daily practice. Behaviors and attitudes of patriarchal standards must be rebuked and critiqued often to remind or educate others about the detriment of the system on society. Perpetual protests must be kept as a necessity and a way of social reform. Education is at the core of the movement of radical feminism. The more radical feminism is informed to the public, the more followers that come and the crushing of the patriarchy.
Gender is a given expression through a person’s mind affecting one’s physical body and surroundings through psychological, physical, sexual, and emotional expression that one comes to peace with and creates as a daily manner for living. Gender is limitless, yet common society rules that a cisheteronormative, binarist tradition is the only feasible possibility for gender. This is created by patriarchy, which oppresses anything different from rich, white, cisgendered, heterosexual human males, and is destructive to people and society’s peace of knowledge. The patriarchy shall be and only can be destroyed through the means of radical feminism, which highlights religion reform, family reform, green communism, anarchism, pacifism, and an education of the public. Gender is a human right that all should be free to express in whatever way without oppressing others.