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If “woman” is defined by fitting into an aesthetic range then certain drag queens are temporarily women when in drag, and Dustin Hoffman literally became one for parts of Tootsie. See also: Some like it Hot and Mrs.Doubtfire.
If “woman” is defined by other people’s perception then any woman transforms into a man if she has short hair, wears trousers&is considered boyish enough at a glance. If enough people sincerely perceive you as the opposite sex, you become it. Even against your will.
(Ask butch lesbians about how this is already happening in some circles, where people keep asking them how long before they transition)
If “woman” is defined by your sense of identity, &begins with an internal sense of womanness, then the concept of womanness needs to be sufficiently defined for each of us to know if we qualify,&what to do if we only qualify some of the time. (Maybe there’s an emergency hotline).
If “woman” is defined by conforming to stereotypes of femininity then every woman who violates those stereotypes is in danger of being ousted from womanhood. Just one too many incidents of derring do could see her barred at the door by Alex Drummond in a glitter wig.
If “woman” is defined by fulfilling a social role&we ever time-travel,modern women who have a job,the vote, own their own property or gad about unchaperoned will become a man in the past,&women today who have the audacity to work in unusual fields or refuse to conform are men now
If “woman” is defined by sufficient medical alteration of the male body, then we are not a distinct category of people that exist, and the only difference between us and men is oestrogen levels. There can be no other important differences.
If “woman” is defined by us individually and marked out only by the limits of our personal beliefs and imaginations, rather than being a distinguishable category, it becomes harder to work out what a woman is than the following: fruit, yellow, shaped like a crescent moon.
And that really *is* bananas
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