What does it mean when a concept is a social invention? My first thought is that the concept in question doesn’t exist in the natural world, and thus has no scientific basis. But is it really that simple? Biological sex is a social construction, yet is based on real things. Penises and vaginas are real, and many people have one or the other. But there are many people who don’t fit neatly into the two strict categories we’ve developed.
Sex identity and sex are both real things. As far as I’ve been lead to believe, all humans possess a sex and a sex identity. That’s not a bad thing. In fact, it is a strong sense of self that helps a person construct a life they love to live. What’s socially constructed is the choice to view sex as a binary. Not identifying with the sex you were assigned at birth doesn’t somehow delete “sex identity” from your brain. Neither does being a sex that’s non-binary.
I have to admit, socially constructed concepts exist for a reason. Human society wouldn’t have gone through so much effort to construct the sex and gender binaries if they weren’t important to us somehow. Yet that importance doesn’t need to be innate, it could be situational. What if the sex and gender binaries are actually unrelated to the generic human experience? What if these binaries stem from class society instead? After all, it IS the only centralized form of society we’ve ever lived under.
I do not believe in class society. That’s why I want to gain a bird’s eye perspective on this situation; I want to break down the social constructions class society has created. I am trying to distinguish between the generic human experience of gender, sex, & sexuality from the class societal experience of them.
A binary can appear to be innate while not actually being so. Perhaps we might not be so obsessed with the idea of a binary were we to live under a different system. That’s the idea I’m trying to explore here, on my blog. How else could we construct gender, sex, & sexuality other than a binary? What other reference points could we use?