Gender essentialism is the assumption that women are naturally like this, while men are naturally like that, and nature made it so and anyone who deviates from that pattern is a freak. Most commonly it comes in the form of “women are naturally submissive and men are naturally dominant”.
This is an absolutely unprovable statement. It is an opinion, not a fact. Look at the amount of gender conditioning we receive from infancy: different colors for girls and boys (in some cultures), commercials proclaiming boys like toy guns and trucks while girls like dollies that pee. Throughout life, we are punished for deviating from our cultural gender norms, and yet very few people find it easy to avoid those deviations.
If it’s so natural, why all the conditioning?” —Jennifer Kesler, Why there will be no more gender essentialist comments allowed on this site (via strangeseasons)
I kid you not.
lull yes this I can live with
Ahhhhh, goodness, this is worryingly accurate. I would be the happiest little fangirl forever and ever, albeit one with a permanent demoman troll face.
Hullo all, Whovian here, reporting for duty!
IS THIS REAL LIFE
YOU DONT HAVE IDEA HOW MUCH I LOVE TUMBLR
I’LL JUST LEAVE THIS HERE
REBLOG FOR FUTURE REFERENCE
Ever since Dragon Age II came out and players noticed that there were non-heterosexual relationships in the game, there’s been a very small minority that have been very, very unhappy with this. BioWare’s mostly ignored people’s complaints, but they finally shot down a very vocal individual on the Dragon Age II forums with whom this wasn’t sitting well.
Oghren: I have something to say to you!
Zevran: I am all ears, as we elves like to say.