The integral way is a way of maps and charts. When we explore any territories, be they physical mountains and deserts or psychic inner landscapes, then the best and most accurate maps will be of great assistant. Of course with the understanding that as with all great explorations we will run into unknown territories. “Here be Dragons!”
Today we have mapped the surface of the Earth with an incredible accurately but our cultural and psychic maps are out of date and somewhat incomplete. Also, the physical and psychological landscapes are constantly shifting and changing. The maps of the past are less accurate than the maps of today.
To start I propose we reach agreement about what certain words mean. Some fights are down to 2 people not realising that their own definition of a word is slightly different from the others.
Let’s start with the word ‘Gender’. I would like us to take the words ‘Male’ and ‘Female’ out of our definition of the word, gender. Why? Because male and female are words that are in contention by both sides of this argument and who’s meaning is yet to be fully defined, (at least on this forum right now!). If we can agree to separate the two words Sex and Gender and have separate and clear meanings then we can move on.
‘Gender’:- Late Middle English: Old French gendre, modern French genre, based on Latin genus ‘birth, family, nation’. The earliest meanings were ‘kind, sort, genus’ and ‘type or class of noun, etc.’
It strikes me that us human beings ‘type’ everything. That is we separate things into types, from movies to subatomic particles we research and probe everything to find out what it is made of, including ourselves. This is what ‘identity politics’ is struggling with and why many are currently experiencing such an enormous sense of uneasy anger around the issue of gender. Policy makers are terrified of getting it wrong, ‘it’ being, the integration of a deepening and changing sense of what it means to be a human being. These changes are a challenge to both our traditional and our modern world views.
¿Could we agree to use ‘Gender’ when referring to psychological differences? That is talking of, sense of self, cultural differences etc.
¿Could we agree to use ‘Sex’ when referring to biological differences? That being things on an XX/XY, axis physical, brain and hormonal differences, etc.
If we can agree on those two points then the conversation can move on to ‘¿What are the differences?’
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