Gender In Devor's Essay On Gender And Gender Identity

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In today’s society, one’s gender identity has been a very controversial today. Generally past generations assumed that there are only two gender identities that correspond with the two sexes, male and female. Males would have the male gender identity, which forced them to be dominating, confident and strong. Females, on the other hand, would have the female gender identity and be feminine, which is makes woman become subordinate to men and nurture the children. Today, the term gender has been a very hot topic. There is a bigger presence of transgender people and this has caused many to rethink the teachings of the past. The rigid lines that separated the male gender identity from the female gender identity is starting to be blurred. But, many…show more content…
A male baby is taught to become a “manly” man and be tough. While a female baby is taught to “act like a girl” and where pretty dresses and skirts. Children are typically socialized to obey to this. In some cases, like Brandon, he did not follow the typical things that parents think boys do at his age. He saw himself as a girl and not as the boy that he physically is. In Devor’s article, he discusses the fact that children at a young age begin to see themselves as “I”, but at the same time they see themselves as “me” who is a part of society. This concept is one that can have a negative impact on children like Brandon. Brandon dresses up in his mothers’ heels and dresses. He even changed his name to Bridget. He started going by she. Bridget was finally able to go out and be a girl instead of the boy she didn’t want to be. She was able to establish herself as the person she wanted to be. They live in a small, southern community. This is because in small communities they are stuck in the past societal teachings of gender roles. So establishing a “me” in society is a problem Bridget might face in the future. She lost her best friend. Her mother, Tina, tries her hardest to avoid being out in public because of the staring. Tina tries to get Bridget to lie and say that she is Brandon’s cousin from California instead of telling them that she was Brandon; just…show more content…
They consider themselves in a gender role that is associated with a sex that they weren’t born with. Many laws are not in their favorite like the “pay to pee” bill that was proposed by Senator Jim Tomes in Indiana. It shows that their needs to be many changes in society that needs to happen. I think that this bill came about because many people faired that allowing people free range to use whatever bathroom they feel comfortable with will invade on people’s privacy. The scene that many people think about is a heterosexual male pretending to identify with the female gender identity trying to go in the woman’s bathroom to spy on women and harm them. In reality, there are many transwomen that may be still anatomically male that will never harm women in the bathroom. To solve this problem, I don’t think that we need a bill such as this one. Instead, we need tougher laws on criminal offenses. For example, having no time limit on when charges can be brought up a person for rape. This “pay to pee” bill is trying to stop “evil” by discriminating against a group of people that are not violent. In a public bathroom, there shouldn’t be anything going except using the bathroom and trying to fix your hair or makeup. There are stalls for added privacy. We shouldn’t be discriminating against people that aren’t doing harm to
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