In “One is Not Born a Woman,” Wittig writes about the social construction of the category woman, and how this category has become hidden through naturalization. I find it very interesting because of the use of unchangeable things, such as having a vagina or being able to birth children, to classify women and therefore give the impression that women are not even included as its own class because of these natural visible differences. She believes in order to reject this classification of inferiority, one must abolish the category man, for “…there are no slaves without masters” (Wittig, 15). 

            This is the most interesting to me because of the way we as humans place values on things that are visible, whether they really have meaning or not. One could also see how value was placed on skin color, the fairer the better. Because this has been the way things are for at least a couple hundred years, we take this as inherent, men thinking of women as weak and people desiring lighter skin or other European features. Those of us not white males and heterosexual for that matter, feel this placement of inferiority through lowered self-esteem, showing that this has become so inherent that we internalize this belief and accept its negative effects as just something wrong with us. I do agree that in order for us to move forward, there will be some restructuring of classifications that need to be done, in my opinion not eliminating differences, but showing uniqueness as different but none the less equal.

One point that she makes in her writing that I completely disagree on is the idea of equality in difference being illogical because of the belief that women are considered inferior through their differences with the male sex. As I have written in past blogs, because there are so many movements for equality from each oppressed minority (women, LGBTQ, different racial minorities, etc.), they could all get together and form one large wave. Also, because all of these groups contain those oppressed in more ways than one (e.g. black lesbian feminists), ignoring differences could exclude minority subgroups goals for equality for what is thought to be the greater good for majority subgroups. This is just again perpetuating inequality through difference, which is what these groups are trying to abolish from society.

-Jay Luther

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