I’m interested in gender and the constructive nature of the genders we embody.
We know that from the moment we are born, we’re conditioned to conform with the gender our body represents.
Before birth, we all began with female physicality and some stay that way whilst others develop a male body.
Does a newborn baby know what gender it is?
Is gender purely physical or is it defined by a number of different factors, such as cognitive, emotional, spiritual and energetic frameworks?
It’s clear that humans usually place the defining factor on the body.
Over time, males and females learn to walk differently, speak differently, act, think and believe from different parameters.
We dress differently, arrange our appearance in different ways and live life in different roles.
Everything around us supports this; culture, family, society, media, religion, politics, education, law, business.
We are living at a time when people are breaking through these parameters but it’s still not easy and neither is it safe for many.
I identify as a woman but feel masculine too. It’s not either-or, I feel I contain both within the totality of my being.
We are all performers in our daily lives but we’re not aware of the fact that we’re performing. There’s the person we are when we’re asking the bank manager for a loan, the person we are when we’re talking to young children, we’re someone else when we’re dancing with our friends. We have all these different behaviours and all of it is a performance.
Who we are depends on what we decide to take upon ourselves and become.
I believe that if we explore gender as a part of our truth, we open up to healing and awaken positive qualities that are suppressed within us when we limit our truth. We can understand ourselves and each other so much better if we embrace ourselves as beings that embody both feminine and masculine energies.