“I call myself an actor, not an actress, because I don’t want to be defined by my gender.” This is what my Drama teacher said today in class. I have always been aware of the struggles people have on identifying their gender in society, but I have never personally been ‘confused.’ Yet, what my Drama teacher said today really got me thinking – what even is gender?
So one day someone decided that if you have girl bits your a girl, congratulations make babies, and if you have boy bits your a boy, congratulations that dangling bit of skin you have gives you all the privileges in the world. Gender is essentially a way that Biologists (etc.) compare the slight variations of the human species BUT I DO NOT SEE HOW THIS IMPACTS US PSYCHOLOGICALLY IN ANYWAY. Just because you have two feeding lumps, does not mean you have to use them. Just because you have a, you know, does not mean you have to stick it in everything ‘female’ and now you are all powerful. We have essentially created gender, we have essentially created the woman and man – I promise you if 2000 years ago, we had created different gender barriers, where women went to war, and men looked after the children, our society would be so different. The way your body looks should not define you in anyway – the only person who knows who you truly are is you. Ignore gender, it’s stupid. Stop putting people into boxes and let people be people. I don’t understand why saying ‘actress’ instead of ‘actor’ is necessary, I don’t understand why the biology of your body has to come into acting. Why do a need to let everyone know in the theater that I am a ‘girl’? Does it impact my acting skills? No. Does it impact the characters I can play? No. (Right now I play an 18 year old boy) I enjoy doing ‘feminine’ things, I am happy to paint my nails and do my make up, I LOVE IT, but who decided what was feminine and masculine? The sooner we stop using these terms, the sooner sexism stops – because at the moment it’s built into every brain on the globe. Break down the barriers and let people do what they want. I am an actor and I will not be defined by gender.
Okay. That was a little more aggressive than I was intending. Please leave your thoughts down below on this subject, I love hearing from you as always. I will try to post once more tonight, but I am extremely busy so I don’t know how everything will pan out. If you haven’t already, please take a look at my last post here, which is all about creating a safe environment on the Internet.
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(Hello, it’s me again! I have teleported from the future to tell you, dear reader, that I have expanded on this post, because I’ve now realized what I was saying was extremely problematic and mostly wrong, in my opinion, click here to read the new post! Thanks!)