10 Jul '11, 10am

Am I male or female? That just depends

"God, I'd love a pint of beer!" I heard that from my daughter, whose genteel curriculum vitae includes Queen's Gate, Oxford and the Sorbonne. At the time, she was smoking a cigarette most readily associated with cowboys and wearing workmen's boots. I was so surprised, I nearly dropped my moisturiser. You know, there was a time when a man wearing suede shoes was under suspicion but, when Prime Ministers spend all day covered in bright orange make-up, snap judgments can be misleading. Traditional determinants of gender identity in the clothes we wear and the products we use are blurring fast. When asked to tick a box on one of those annoying local authority questionnaires that demand to know whether you are male or female, I am always tempted to avoid a straightforward yes/no answer and write: "It depends." There are several reasons for this; each can be readily understood e...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Columns/Speakeasy/EDC110710-00...

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