“One is not born a woman”

Monique Wittig, self-titled “radical lesbian,” wrote an essay in 1981 entitled, “One Is Not Born a Woman,” in keeping with non-essentialist feminists (like Simone de Beauvoir) who reject biological explanations for the differences that we see between the sexes.

To that, I say this:

One is not born a woman; one is born a baby girl.
The baby girl becomes the woman she was born to be.

This may or may not be the first in a series of brief ‘cheeky retorts’ to theorists/opinions I don’t agree with.

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