[Gender is] not about having wanted to wear pink frilly dresses since the age of four or wanting to drive a fast car and liking football, it’s a system of power relations where women are subordinate to men – subordination that is kept in place by men’s violence or the threat of violence towards us.

All the behaviours and culture that flow from that are what femininity and masculinity are, but at the heart of it is male power over women, and in particular the use of rape against us, very often from when we were small children.

If you want to create a submissive frightened (feminine) person – rape them and then continue to threaten them with rape all their life – they probably won’t fight back and they may even come to identify with their subordination and believe that it is their true nature.


delphyne, commenting on Fabmatters
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