TOTW: choice or not choice
Well, I thought this was going to be about feminism, but I can already see it could be more about poking the egoists...
When I was young, I rejected all things gender-expected for myself. As I aged, I found myself doing plenty of gender-expected things (areas of ignorance and of competence, for example) and only occasionally beating myself up about it. I have mixed feelings about this, sometimes accepting it as part of being part of a culture (however fucked up it is, parts are unavoidable), sometimes feeling lazy or boring because I didn't/don't push myself harder, sometimes leaving open the option that people do just have strengths and weaknesses that are not *necessarily* or *always* about cultural paradigms.
In these days of gender fluidity, in which people still act out plenty of the expectations but with more cover, how do you address this? How do you resist or accede to gendered (or other) expectations? What is the point, now, of resisting them? (It used to be about broadening the potential for the categories of Woman and Man, but those are seeming like concepts that have now been sidestepped, and may no longer be worth directly confronting.)
And for the real theory-heads among you, what do you think of the shift from a body-based feminism (in which knowledge, power, etc come from nature and our bodies) to a feminism that refutes the body?