Do You Know What it Means to be a Woman?
What does it mean to be a woman? Recently, a young man told me he was a woman. I have known him since he was a toddler and I never got the impression that he was a girl or in the wrong body. He was a rough and tumble kind of kid with that devilish look in his eye. Not that there aren’t girls like that, but I never thought of him as a girl. He is in college now and still gives me the impression of being a man. There is nothing about him, except for his words, that would lead me to believe that he is a woman.
I asked him a question: “What is a woman? How do you know you’re a woman?”
His response was, “I feel like a woman.”
To which I replied, “What does it mean to be a woman or to feel like a woman?”
He didn’t have another answer. Then I tried to answer that question myself. And I couldn’t. I don’t know what it means to be a woman.
So now I’m asking you, readers.
What does it mean to be a woman?
I’m more interested in a woman’s point of view, but if you’re a man and you want to answer, I’m listening. I’ll be asking you soon what it means to you to be a man.
I know it’s an odd question, and I’ve asked many of my friends, but I have not found anyone so far who can give me a satisfying answer. Most of them stare into space and shrug their shoulders. The following is a list of responses I’ve gotten so far.
- I have breasts and a vagina
- My curves
- I have a womb, ovaries, and a uterus
- I menstruate
- Going/went through menopause
- I am/have been pregnant
- Giving birth
- I feel feminine (and what does that mean?)
- I like dressing as a woman (fashion)
- I was raised as a girl
- Powerless in the world
- Don’t make as much money as a man
- That’s what I am told
- That’s how I am treated
- I have a husband
- My children call me mom
To further help you, here in an article that might (or might not) help:
Please respond in the comments section. You can use the answers in the lists or add your own. Feel free to share this with other people. I will be posting my results.