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Being Female

Consider your own gender (female ). What do you think it means to be that gender (female) ? Have you always known how a woman or a man should act or what they should do or be? While you were growing up (early childhood through adolescence), did you ever feel conflicted about how you thought you should act as a male or a female and how you wanted to act (or what you should do or be)? If so, how did you deal with the conflict(s)?

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Dear Student,
Your post asks for a personal reflection on your ideas of your being 'female' and how you came to that state by which you are fully aware of who you are and what you are as the female you see yourself to be. Since I am not aware of your own story, I decided that the best way for me to show you an introspection is to write one based on mine that I hope will guide yours. If you have any questions, just send a message. Attached is the word version, print this out as your guide. Thank you for using Brainmass. Good Luck!

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Reflecting on the Female Gender from a Personal Perspective

"Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I'm telling lies.
I say,
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me."
- Maya Angelou, Phenomenal Woman (1995)


A notion exists in the feminist thought that women has always, since time immemorial been overshadowed by the achievements of her male counterpart. Not because he is smarter and stronger or wise ,more likable and better experienced. The nature of the modern world lies in the foundations of Warrior Kings and their soldiers, hence feudal systems came into existence giving way to a sense of stability that allowed for the flourishing of critical thinking, philosophy and the foundations of modern biological sciences and politics. In ancient Babylon women were relegated to the role of being 'protected' because of their beauty, their reproductive representation, their 'matriarchal love'. The Code of Hammurabi protected and sanctioned marriages and the male aggression towards desire is such that women were 'segregated'. While the men in the families fought off one another for territory, power and survival, their women stayed at home, looked after the children and the family's welfare. Love affairs and the instability it brought to men who 'fall', the havoc that it wrought were such that when the once Jewish Rabbi Mohamed established Islam and became Prophet, the tenets asked for women's modesty that in today's Shari'ah Law in the most Islamic of societies see women live behind their veils. This does not mean that men are the better of the sexes, this only means that the social evolution of man's need to protect 'his woman' has evolved in the female's achievements to be behind her ...

Solution Summary

This solution takes on a reflexive stance at discussing the notions of what it means to be female from a sociological & philosophical point of view.