From an amateurs’ (-my-) perspective the world seems to be full of men acting as women, and women acting as men. From a post-modern perspective this may seem like a good thing. People have been deconstructed such that anyone can be anyone. Yay. Yet how come the world is in such turmoil? How come real conversations cannot be had, that certain topics are off limits? That anyone can be anyone is a simplistic ideal, and really may not actually be ideal.
If men and women are exactly the same, and they are just a construct within a given body, then how come extreme sides of politics are dominated by each gender? Left by Women (Feminists), Right by Men (and I don’t mean alt-right, because that includes White Nationalists). Surely if this is increasing, then we would see less of this effect.
There are many things to consider, from evolutionary biology to psychological theory to religious theory.
Women seem to be acting out of their male persona, they have learnt that this is one way to succeed and be heard. However it may not sit comfortably with their identity, and they project everything that they consider bad from their feminine side onto men as the patriarchy, even though they are acting that way themselves by authoritarian actions of censoring any heretical ideas from that narrative. The ideas becomes almost a religious dogma that cannot be questioned.
From this onslaught and from a noble ideal of equality many men are guilty about their masculine side and so retreat into their feminine side. This is associated with withdrawal and depression in men, who no longer know what they are supposed to be. Hence suicide rates for men are terrible, effecting many lives in the community. Other men are sticking to their male personas and are completely rejecting their feminine side, and what they see as hypocrisy and unfairness of the dogma presented by women.
From evolutionary biology, men have traditionally been the producers, women the distributors. Men wanted to ensure the most was produced. Women wanted to ensure what was produced was distributed evenly. Hence women tend to the Left, men to the Right. Both noble but from different perspectives. Historically within small groups and the family, these decisions were quite separate, men and women operated separately. In modern times they are now different sides of politics that are in competition with each other. With the rise of women in politics, this has become more prevalent. In reality, a balance of both these ideas needs to exist.
So women seem to be acting as men to obtain the female ideal. Some men are acting as women in compensation, or acting as men only, disregarding their feminine side in defense of their masculine ideal. Relatively few seem to be acting in balance and in reality with the world and themselves. In this sense, the world is becoming more binary. Statistics show that in the U.S, around 12% are considered extreme Left of politics and around 8% are considered extreme Right, so therefore it may not be as bad as it seems. However those with an agenda seem to have made their way to places where they can be heard the loudest.
Has social media played a part in this? You are expected to take a position, and in defending that position (that many others can see), we paint ourselves into a corner with a narrow viewpoint. And because it is all recorded in history, it is used as an attack on an opponent, which is defended further. We align ourselves to a group which may not represent us completely. That group identity is certainly not perceived the same from the outside as it is within. It then becomes Identity Politics which align to a group persona and blame attached to the opposite of that persona, with Identities pitted against each other, rather than a balance of opinions to produce the best for everyone. However the number of people on social media who find themselves in these positions is still quite small, so again we may be over-estimating. It does seem that the result seems to permeate the remainder of society as often people will align themselves to a particular media personality or side with whom they bear all the slings and arrows.
Can men and women really be deconstructed in the post-modernist sense to be equal without biological factors as an influence? It is interesting because we are born knowing how to breath, how to eat, we learn how to grasp, how to physically move over time, but no-one directly teaches us this. Does a person’s size and strength have a determination over their personality as environmental impact? A person’s intelligence that they are born with? The many different aspects of intelligence have shown that each aspect of intelligence has a relationship to a tendency in personality. Are men and women also born with tendencies to different aspects of intelligence, therefore they ultimately affect who they will be? Therefore biology has tendency to personality? Psychological theories certainly espouse this, as men and women are treated differently, and have different aspects to each other. In regards to individual personality, surely no-one can ever be equal in this respect, and if there are biological differences, why would you want to force someone to be different from who they are?
There is so much to understand here, and I know I have not described the above very well. It’s an attempt at honest discussion with myself. I know enough to know that I know nothing.