Women can have penises.
Men can have periods.
Because trans people exist.
And I'm not talking about sex here, sex as male or female (or intersex) is a biological fact, made up of your anatomy, hormones, chromosomes and sex organs. I'm talking gender here.
Gender is a social construct. To put it simply, I have a pet hamster. I would never say “my hamster is a woman”, I would say “my hamster is female”. Because with animals we're talking about sex. Because gender is a construct that has been created by a society of homosapiens.
Gender can refer to either social roles based on the sex of the person (gender role) or personal identification of one’s own gender based on an internal awareness (gender identity).
When an individual’s assigned sex at birth does not match their gender identity, that person is transgender. Transgender is an umbrella term, trans men and women are those whose gender is the OPPOSITE of their sex - they are binary, but can also include those who are not exclusively masculine or feminine, people who are non-binary, genderqueer, bigender, pangender, genderfluid, agender.
What it means to be a “real man” or “masculine” and what it means to be a “real woman” or “feminine” has been defined by society.
A person can have the biological makeup of a male and STILL be a woman who has all of the “feminine” behaviours and characteristics that society has attributed to being a woman, therefore making that individual more woman than man despite having a penis between their legs.
Let’s use me as an example. People look at me and assume, 1 that I am female and 2 that I am a woman. Because I have long hair, breasts, I’m petite and I wear make-up. These are all attributes of a “woman”. And in this case they are correct. I am cis. BUT there are cis men with longer hair, bigger breasts, who are smaller than me and too wear make-up, so going along with society’s views, these men possess more “feminine” traits. Does that make them any less of a man? No not at all.
BECAUSE masculinity doesn’t belong to males. And femininity doesn’t belong to females. Males can be feminine and be real men OR real women. And females can be masculine and be real women OR real men.