So, I identify as a trans man. I'm AFAB and severely unhappy with my body, and being seen as a woman really bothers me. But at the same time I definitely believe that gender is a social construct, and I'm struggling to rectify these two things. I feel like if I believe gender is a social construct I shouldn't want to look/sound like/pass as a dude and it's getting me really down because I desperately want to pass as a guy. Any advice?
Ok, as someone who studied gender as part of their anthropology class for the International Baccalaureate, gender is a social construct. But that doesn’t mean that because it’s a social construct, gender isn’t real. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to pass as a dude. After all, it’s your identity, and how you choose to express yourself is up to you.