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Response to ismnotwasm (Original post)

Wed Jan 15, 2014, 05:53 AM

18. Interesting thought experiment.

I think that societal expectations associated with gender is the root cause of the problem... so any assumptions we make by hearing a name that we consider to be "gendered" are just things made up in our head. It would be cool to shake that up more often with A Boy Named Sue (love me some Johnny Cash), and girls named Bob, but I don't think that stripping people of gender identity = equality.

Even with my complete lack of gender identity, and no understanding of what it means to feel "female", I recognize that having a gender seems to be an integral part of most people's identity and folks shouldn't have to mask or abandon that in order to be "equal".

Though I think it would be cool if there were very "feminine" women running around named Frank, George, and Justin; and very "masculine" men running around named Maria, Juliette, and Roxanne... I don't think the naming is the root of the problem. But switching up names might raise some awareness that the problem of expectation of proper/normal gender behavior runs so deep.

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