I finally got this thesis tuned right so I’ma share it here:

Identity is not internal essence, nor its fidelity to representation—it’s an emergent quality of the complex organization of affect. The terms “Man” and “Woman” don’t reflect merely psycho-biological truths—they organize and reproduce these truths within and through the mind-body, in turn allowing the in/dividual to reproduce itself within a social system. The counterintuitive point, then, is that “Man” and “Woman” are approximate descriptions of one’s social location, material conditions, and access to symbolic-affective resources and differential mobility within a biosemiotic commons; that these terms intra-act with a body’s tendencies and capacities, reproducing “Man” and “Woman” as self-evident categories; and also that the mind-body, like these terms, is an abstraction of deeper cosmological dynamics.