Boiling it down: if the argument is that gender is an oppressive social construct, isn’t ‘women born women’ completely contrary to that idea? If, after all, people aren’t born with gender, and ‘woman’ is a negative stereotype forced on people, then ‘women born women’ should be antithetical to those ideas.

I believe you may not be clear as to what is meant by ‘sex’ and ‘gender’. I think it is important to make this clear, the definitions and the concepts are very important.

Here is a very clear definition from The World Health Organisation (and here is my own essay on the matter):

“Sex” refers to the biological and physiological characteristics that define men and women.

“Gender” refers to the socially constructed roles, behaviours, activities, and attributes that a given society considers appropriate for men and women.

This difference in underlined by the fact sex is biological, and gender is socially constructed:

Aspects of sex will not vary substantially between different human societies, while aspects of gender may vary greatly.

Examples of differences pertaining to “sex” are given:

Women menstruate while men do not;
Men have testicles while women do not;
Women have developed breasts that are usually capable of lactating, while men have not; and
Men generally have more massive bones than women.

Examples of differences pertaining to “gender” are also given:

In the United States (and most other countries), women earn significantly less money than men for similar work;
In Viet Nam, many more men than women smoke, as female smoking has not traditionally been considered appropriate;
In Saudi Arabia men are allowed to drive cars while women are not; and
In most of the world, women do more housework than men.

Gender differences also extend to things like clothes, hairstyles, subjects favoured at schools/universities and even behaviour.

To therefore make the terminology clear:

“Male” and “female” are sex categories, while “masculine” and “feminine” are gender categories.

The use of the word ‘man’ is to describe ‘an adult human male’ and ‘woman’ is used to describe ‘an adult human female’.

So to unpack your question:

if the argument is that gender is an oppressive social construct, isn’t ‘women born women’ completely contrary to that idea?

The existence of gender as an oppressive social construct acts upon ‘women born women and the two ideas are neither contradictory nor incompatible.

If, after all, people aren’t born with gender, and ‘woman’ is a negative stereotype forced on people, then ‘women born women’ should be antithetical to those ideas.

‘Woman’ is an adult human female, a biological reality, not a ‘negative stereotype forced on people’. The reality is that ‘women born women’ exists outside of gender, which is the hierarchial system used to oppress women.

Here’s a piece about what the abolition of gender would mean, which you may find interesting.

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