Of late I have been wondering what it means to me that I am a woman. What does it mean to others who identify as women, cis or trans. Is the identity of a woman only meaningful because an opposite exists – the identity of a man? What is gender identity and can we apply the laws of dialectical materialism to gender?
Ever since I read Mao’s On Contradiction, I have not been able to get the below passage out of my head.
“…the existence of each of the two aspects of a contradiction in the process of the development of a thing presupposes the existence of the other aspect, and both aspects coexist in a single entity; second, in given conditions, each of the two contradictory aspects transforms itself into its opposite. This is the meaning of identity.” Continue reading