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Specifically, the question of whether there is anything more to being
'essentially' male or female (feminine or masculine) than the obvious physical
differences. Like most people, I have an unconfirmed intuition that there is.
I've been following a rule more or less like this--I won't accept some
characteristic as uniquely or essentially female or male (except in a
linguistic sense, i.e. 'feminine means such-and-such') unless real evidence can
be offered for it (not necessarily hard facts or anything, just some
confirmation from experience). Thus far, everything that's been offered to me
that seems appealing falls to pieces in the face of the simplest experience, so
I have to feel like it's not all that useful. As a man, I have no pressing
economic or political need to resolve these questions, so I may not answer them
for a while.
Originally created 28 July 1999