With regards to the masculine versus the feminine, how would your life be different if you had been born the opposite gender (for ladies, if you were a boy; for gentlemen, if you were a girl)? Would you be different than you are now?

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It is very difficult to imagine what it would be like to be someone else, and the more different they are from you, the more difficult it is to imagine. For the purposes of this question, I'm going to assume that I am a woman, but everything else about me is the same. As soon as I write it, however, the impossibility of sticking to this rule becomes obvious. I went to an all-boys school, so I shall have to assume that I went to a girls' school instead. This would mean I have a different education and different childhood friends: a completely different childhood, in fact.

I think if I had been a woman, I would also have had to work to overcome my impatience more quickly. Being quick to anger is more severely punished in women than in men. I would also, obviously, not have had any of the relationships with women I have had (assuming I was a heterosexual woman) and, since these have taught me a great deal of what I know and have shaped the friendships I have had as an adult, I would have...

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