A lot of people have been asking me what is a woman reddit lately, probably because of that terrible doc with Matt Walsh. It’s a hard question to answer, and not just because I don’t think anyone should try to define the word for everyone else (because obviously that’s not going to happen). But the real reason is that it points out how absurdly flawed these tests are if they insist on applying them to humans.
The simplest definition is that a woman is an adult human who identifies as female. But that’s just too easy for the gatekeepers of womanhood, who want to attach normative expectations to gender by defining it as biological sex. So they come up with all sorts of tests, like “do you have boobs?” which can’t be right because women can still be women without boobs, if they were born that way or have PCOS or have had hysteretomy or whatever. Or “do you have the ability to reproduce?” which also doesn’t work because women can be sterile if they have bad luck with their genes or have a hysterectomy or just don’t have a uterus at all.
Maybe the test should be “do you have chromosomes that match what is usually associated with femininity?” but that’s just too simplistic, because there are plenty of women who have feminine chromosomes but are sterile, or are not able to have children because they have cancer or had a hysterectomy or whatever. What we need is a real test, not some arbitrary metric that’s only meaningful in the very narrow case where everyone agrees on it.