If I was to write:
You're confusing women for men
What exactly am I saying?
- Reader can't tell men and women apart;
- Reader thinks that women are (or act like) men;
- Reader thinks that men are (or act like) women; or
- Reader thinks both 2 and 3 (i.e, reader has exchanged genders.)
I'm thinking that the most literal interpretation is 4 but that there's some connotation of either 2 or 3, but I'm not sure which.
I'm trying to suggest 2, that is, that the reader is clumping both men and women into the same behavioural expectations that would be true for men. Have I worded it correctly to suggest that?