Gender is a way to hide from the simple truth we all tell: 'Hey, I'm here, I have a body.'
Philosophy means nothing unless it is connected to birth, death, and the continuance of life. Anytime you are going to build a society that works, you have to begin from nature and the body.
I am not so different in my history of abandonment from anyone else after all. We have all been split away from the earth, each other, ourselves.
Just as the slave master required the slaves to imitate the image he had of them, so women, who live in a relatively powerless position, politically and economically, feel obliged by a kind of implicit force to live up to culture's image of what is female.