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TheFutureisNOTFemale...areyouaware,oronboard?

LeighaSommer
3mo University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, United States Conversation

The word female is two-spirit, non-binary, trans-woman exclusionary.


Let’s have a conversation about why, when we lift women up, it is SO important that we lift ALL. 


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  • Bethany Heinrich
    Bethany Heinrich Mogul Influencer
    3mo ago New York, NY, United States

    An interesting perspective. @LeighaSommer but aren't those that are trans wanting to identify as female? I'm trying to understand this perspective

    An interesting perspective. @LeighaSommer but aren't those that are trans wanting to identify as female? I'm trying to understand this perspective

    • LeighaSommer
      3mo ago University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, United States

      Easy mix up! Gender and sex are different. Sex is what “female” would be used for...gender can be classified with the term Woman (if you identify as one)! Those without lady parts can still be women too, and in that sense...using the term Female excludes them. I really encourage you to google it a little bit, it’s really important especially when empowering all :)

      Easy mix up! Gender and sex are different. Sex is what “female” would be used for...gender can be classified with the term Woman (if you identify as one)! Those without lady parts can still be women too, and in that sense...using the term Female excludes them. I really encourage you to google it a little bit, it’s really important especially when empowering all :)

    • LeighaSommer
      3mo ago University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, United States

      Easy mix up! Gender and sex are different. Sex is what “female” would be used for...gender can be classified with the term Woman (if you identify as one)! Those without lady parts can still be women too, and in that sense...using the term Female excludes them. I really encourage you to google it a little bit, it’s really important especially when empowering all :)

      Easy mix up! Gender and sex are different. Sex is what “female” would be used for...gender can be classified with the term Woman (if you identify as one)! Those without lady parts can still be women too, and in that sense...using the term Female excludes them. I really encourage you to google it a little bit, it’s really important especially when empowering all :)

  • Bethany Heinrich
    Bethany Heinrich Mogul Influencer
    3mo ago New York, NY, United States

    I think it's an important discussion to learn about all beliefs and sides, and thank you for starting it! 

    I think it's an important discussion to learn about all beliefs and sides, and thank you for starting it! 

  • Bethany Heinrich
    Bethany Heinrich Mogul Influencer
    3mo ago New York, NY, United States

    What do you all think @LauraCh @Erica Brown 74 @guudgyalriri @Mica Trinidad what are your thoughts on the term 'the future is female'?

    What do you all think @LauraCh @Erica Brown 74 @guudgyalriri @Mica Trinidad what are your thoughts on the term 'the future is female'?

  • Default
    Guest
    3mo ago

    Sometimes I think society overthinks these terms. That's my opinion though. It feels like it's tipped to be so PC that no term is enough. Does that make sense? I hear you though @LeighaSommer but what term should we use instead of female? 

    Sometimes I think society overthinks these terms. That's my opinion though. It feels like it's tipped to be so PC that no term is enough. Does that make sense? I hear you though @LeighaSommer but what term should we use instead of female? 

    • LeighaSommer
      3mo ago University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, United States

      Challenging current norms can sometimes be thought of as “overthinking” certain things— my whole point is that calling someone by their respective pronoun and using words that are inclusionary (rather than exclusionary) really isn’t that hard to do. The future, in my eyes, includes and celebrates all (and particularly lifts up those who need an extra boost in order to live in a more equitable society)

      Challenging current norms can sometimes be thought of as “overthinking” certain things— my whole point is that calling someone by their respective pronoun and using words that are inclusionary (rather than exclusionary) really isn’t that hard to do. The future, in my eyes, includes and celebrates all (and particularly lifts up those who need an extra boost in order to live in a more equitable society)

    • LeighaSommer
      3mo ago University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, United States

      Challenging current norms can sometimes be thought of as “overthinking” certain things— my whole point is that calling someone by their respective pronoun and using words that are inclusionary (rather than exclusionary) really isn’t that hard to do. The future, in my eyes, includes and celebrates all (and particularly lifts up those who need an extra boost in order to live in a more equitable society)

      Challenging current norms can sometimes be thought of as “overthinking” certain things— my whole point is that calling someone by their respective pronoun and using words that are inclusionary (rather than exclusionary) really isn’t that hard to do. The future, in my eyes, includes and celebrates all (and particularly lifts up those who need an extra boost in order to live in a more equitable society)

  • Mihika Sharma
    Mihika Sharma Dublin High Chapter President
    3mo ago Dublin, California

    I definitely agree that the future is not female, but for different reasons I think. I think that saying the future is female is exclusionary to other genders, including males. The future should be equal, never dominated by one gender for any reasons. Isn’t that what feminism is all about? As people who advocated for equality, we should of course be seeing more female representation than there is right now, but there should be a balance between all genders and therefore all perspectives. What do you think @winnie liu @billie chang @Kaushikee @megan fannin @Edward He @Eric Enriquez ?

    I definitely agree that the future is not female, but for different reasons I think. I think that saying the future is female is exclusionary to other genders, including males. The future should be equal, never dominated by one gender for any reasons. Isn’t that what feminism is all about? As people who advocated for equality, we should of course be seeing more female representation than there is right now, but there should be a balance between all genders and therefore all perspectives. What do you think @winnie liu @billie chang @Kaushikee @megan fannin @Edward He @Eric Enriquez ?

    • LeighaSommer
      3mo ago University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, United States

      Just a super quick clarifying point: the saying isn’t supposed to hint at a dominance or superiority but, rather, an equality. At the current state in many fields there is a lack of representation of diverse women & LGBTQ...the whole point is to catapult more into the spotlight alongside others (including men), just asking for a bigger table rather than fighting for the seats at it. We’re totally on the same page here—just wanted to clarify the purpose!

      Just a super quick clarifying point: the saying isn’t supposed to hint at a dominance or superiority but, rather, an equality. At the current state in many fields there is a lack of representation of diverse women & LGBTQ...the whole point is to catapult more into the spotlight alongside others (including men), just asking for a bigger table rather than fighting for the seats at it. We’re totally on the same page here—just wanted to clarify the purpose!

      • gabrielleperna
        gabrielleperna Gabrielle Perna
        3mo ago Vermillion, SD, USA

        Although the balance of gender is important, I agree with Mihika on this one. I believe that everyone should be represented but I do not believe that people should attain a job if they are qualified for that position, not because of their gender, race, etc. If a man is a better candidate than I, by all means, award him the position. I do not deserve the position just because I happened to come out of the womb as a woman. By giving positions based on those qualities is not creating an equal playing field and is rewarding someone and punishing another on something they cannot have any control over. The lack of representation is depressing but 2018 had been extraordinarily wonderful at motivating minorities to achieve their dreams. 

        Although the balance of gender is important, I agree with Mihika on this one. I believe that everyone should be represented but I do not believe that people should attain a job if they are qualified for that position, not because of their gender, race, etc. If a man is a better candidate than I, by all means, award him the position. I do not deserve the position just because I happened to come out of the womb as a woman. By giving positions based on those qualities is not creating an equal playing field and is rewarding someone and punishing another on something they cannot have any control over. The lack of representation is depressing but 2018 had been extraordinarily wonderful at motivating minorities to achieve their dreams. 

        • LeighaSommer
          3mo ago University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, United States

          Ahh! Ladies, I think we’re all on the same page here BUT I think we’re coming to a common misunderstanding of the point. Feminism is not asking women to receive jobs just because they are women... it is weird to think, however, that with all of these male dominated fields—there aren’t equally or more qualified women who could also do it...they just maybe have not been granted the chance to do so (systematically speaking too). This is a complex topic, but by no means is that the argument. In many states there are blatant laws that restrict LGBTQ basic rights, there are jobs who don’t hire women because they don’t want to “deal” with potential maternity leave (studies about this also). No one is asking for superiority, we’re fighting for equality—which is easily missed by faux issues such as women getting a job just because they’re a woman...that actually only happens (look up a few studies about this too!) with a benefit to men (and more often white males)

          Ahh! Ladies, I think we’re all on the same page here BUT I think we’re coming to a common misunderstanding of the point. Feminism is not asking women to receive jobs just because they are women... it is weird to think, however, that with all of these male dominated fields—there aren’t equally or more qualified women who could also do it...they just maybe have not been granted the chance to do so (systematically speaking too). This is a complex topic, but by no means is that the argument. In many states there are blatant laws that restrict LGBTQ basic rights, there are jobs who don’t hire women because they don’t want to “deal” with potential maternity leave (studies about this also). No one is asking for superiority, we’re fighting for equality—which is easily missed by faux issues such as women getting a job just because they’re a woman...that actually only happens (look up a few studies about this too!) with a benefit to men (and more often white males)

          • gabrielleperna
            gabrielleperna Gabrielle Perna
            3mo ago Vermillion, SD, USA

            I very much admire you and this reply. I completely agree with absolutely everything you say!

            I very much admire you and this reply. I completely agree with absolutely everything you say!

    • gabrielleperna
      gabrielleperna Gabrielle Perna
      3mo ago Vermillion, SD, USA

      If I could upvote this reply a million times I would! 

      If I could upvote this reply a million times I would! 

      • LeighaSommer
        3mo ago University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, United States

        I encourage you to read these articles, they touch on a few important things that I mentioned—straying far from my original post and it’s intention, but relevant to your concern.


        The first shows some laws preventing LGBTQ in life, but also the workplace. Shedding light on why it’s important to be inclusionary rather than exclusionary. 
        https://intomore.com/impact/The-7-Worst-States-To-Be-LGBTQ-in-2017/56392a47cd32469e

        The second touches on the same discriminatory policies:
        https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.usatoday.com/amp/735709001

        The third shows workplace bias about male/typically white names and how they’re often chosen more (subconscious bias!) and how important diversity is in the workplace (representation as a business model!)
        https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.forbes.com/sites/ruchikatulshyan/2014/06/13/have-a-foreign-sounding-name-change-it-to-get-a-job/amp/

        I encourage you to read these articles, they touch on a few important things that I mentioned—straying far from my original post and it’s intention, but relevant to your concern.


        The first shows some laws preventing LGBTQ in life, but also the workplace. Shedding light on why it’s important to be inclusionary rather than exclusionary. 
        https://intomore.com/impact/The-7-Worst-States-To-Be-LGBTQ-in-2017/56392a47cd32469e

        The second touches on the same discriminatory policies:
        https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.usatoday.com/amp/735709001

        The third shows workplace bias about male/typically white names and how they’re often chosen more (subconscious bias!) and how important diversity is in the workplace (representation as a business model!)
        https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.forbes.com/sites/ruchikatulshyan/2014/06/13/have-a-foreign-sounding-name-change-it-to-get-a-job/amp/

  • Sarah Fein
    3mo ago

    I'm curious to hear what people think

    I'm curious to hear what people think

  • Sarah Fein
    3mo ago

    I agree with you @LeighaSommer what term should we use?

    I agree with you @LeighaSommer what term should we use?


My name is Leigha! I value my education above all else, cherish opportunities to grow my professional and personal life, fight for justice, advocate for a better future, and desire to one day educate my fellow ladies at the international level. I am your future lawyer.

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