In this video, I explain why men and women are not opposites, and how the idea that they are opposites can lead to harmful consequences with regard to sex stereotypes, self-identification, and gender ideology.

I also dissect the issues with prescriptive language and talk about what kind of oppression constitutes misogyny, and what oppression doesn't.

Finally, I talk about these implied ideas that float around in spaces where self-identification is seen as "valid" - the idea that not being included in a definition is a form of oppression, and the idea that not being seen as oppressed is a form of oppression.

I have stopped talking about the "opposite sex" and started saying "other sex" for this exact reason. While emphasising of course that, yes, sex is still a binary categorical variable (/geek)

Yes I agree - half this gender shit revolves around the idea that male and female are polar opposites, like that stupid barbie/GI joe scale thing. It's such an obviously flawed idea and yet so many apparent adults seem to accept it??

I love this so much, thank you for making it!

I don't know if you know the French philosopher Luce Irigaray, I think you would like her. One of her central ideas is "cultivating sexuate difference," basically the idea that women and men are not, as you say, opposites, but that we are fundamentally -different- and therefore can learn from each other since we have these different perspectives that are rooted in our different biologies. She writes a lot about how difference is the means for creation, growth, and learning--if we were all reduced to sameness and singularity this would be equivalent to..death. I find her philosophy very optimistic and hopeful :D

Here's kind of an intro to her ~linguistic analysis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-2r-4BQN9s

Thanks so much! I am glad to see people are getting something out of my stuff, it encourages me to make more videos. Luce's work seems really fascinating, I will definitely dive into it, I am very interested in linguistic philosophy and how it affects material reality and vice versa.