While surfing the Internet I came across a questionnaire that professed to have the ability to determine the gender of the brain. Of course you know that I simply could not resist taking the test.
Your Brain is 33% Female, 67% Male
You have a total boy brain
Logical and detailed, you tend to look at the facts
And while your emotions do sway you sometimes...
You never like to get feelings too involved
The "unhusband" scored: 27% Female, 73% Male
The "unhusband" thinks I make a pretty hot guy...HAHA. What these ridiculous little tests rely on for accuracy are essentialist traits. Notice that because I was deemed logical and detailed, the quiz decided that I was male; therefore women are illogical and disorganized. The male thought processes are determined by reason and only the irritational female allows herself to be ruled by emotion.
Any thinking, independent autonomous woman would have been deemed male by this ridiculous test. This is just an asinine internet quiz, but I feel that it is very indicative of the ways in which we understand gender in this society.
Logic and reason are not a contradiction of my womanhood, rather they are a contradiction of how we have socially constructed femininity. Just as De Beauvoir theorizes, one is not borne a woman but becomes one. Our understanding of gender is what allows the perpetuati0n of the social hierarchy wherein males are continually privileged. My brain is female because I am a woman. Despite the fact that society has encoded my body with a problematic identity, rationality and independence are a part of my identity.