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One is not born, but rather becomes, woman.
« on: April 03, 2017, 09:38:36 PM »
One is not born, but rather becomes, woman.
                                                      Simon de Beauvoir
          If we take Beauvoir's statement as a ground, some questions immediately come to our mind: What makes one a woman? How does one become a woman? What are the parameters that create a woman? Is this biological determinism that makes a woman? Is it cultural one that creates a woman? To answer these questions we have to look into the socio-religious-cultural setting of  a community, for one is gradually becoming a woman because of  her community's socio-religious-cultural standards mostly set by the prevalent notions, ideologies, customs, social systems, family structure, food habits, dress code, values, norms, rituals, beliefs, class, creed, caste, ethnicity,  race and religion, which all are unfortunately patriarchally biased.

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Re: One is not born, but rather becomes, woman.
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2017, 12:23:39 PM »
I agree completely.
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Offline Afroza Akhter Tina

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Re: One is not born, but rather becomes, woman.
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2017, 05:40:43 PM »
Double colonization illustrates how both patriarchy and imperialism can be seen to exert analogous form of domination over those they render subordinate, to them which are ‘Women’. Simply stated, in colonial and post colonial period, women were dominated and colonized by the patriarchal society, their husbands inside their house and by the colonial power and its influences outside their house. Petals of Blood sketches a lively portrayal of the condition and position of women in Kenya before and after independence where they are portrayed as victims of ‘social castration’ or lack of social power.


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Re: One is not born, but rather becomes, woman.
« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2017, 07:24:03 PM »
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Re: One is not born, but rather becomes, woman.
« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2017, 09:46:26 PM »
I liked Mahiuddin Ahmed's comment most; may be from a different light. Beauvoir's theory might be justified but this is one-sided argument, favoring one particular gender. The fact is, not only woman, each human being is product of the culture they belong to! Everyone is born as human, later get labelled with a gender as it easier to generalize them with that label than addressing myriads of complicated issues. If you bring the argument of patriarchy and domination; the female race in that paradigm potentially dominates  the transgender communities and the transgenders suffer as they are deprived of the physical entities of the female body and the privileges that comes along with it.

 
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