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Through the Eyes of a Travesti The dominant conceptualization in contemporary U.S society is that people place certain behavioral expectations based on a person’s sex. People identify themselves in various forms. If I were a Travesti I would argue that my identity is actually formed by my sexuality not by the physical features I was born with. Being a Travesti I would adopt all forms of feminine qualities and even styles but would not identify as a women or wish to change my genitalia. Taking that all into consideration I would view the sexual subjectivity of Latina girls, people whose identities don’t match their behavior: ex-lesbians and straight white males and the varied sexual identities of transgender and transsexual people in society as cases that I can relate to in some respect but differ when it comes to actual identity in each. To begin with, Garcia points out that the Latina girls in Respect Yourself, Protect Yourself should “ feel entitled to sexual pleasure and sexual safety, who makes active sexual choices, and who has an identity as a sexual being”(Garcia, 6) If I were a travesti I would agree and say we are open to all sexual exploration of ourselves. However, the Latina girls were enabling the good-girl/bad-girl dichotomy which as Garcia mentioned “socially controlled women sexuality and privileges men sexuality”(Garcia,84). I would say this is enforcing the gender norms which is the opposite of what all Travestis have to face. I would have to face discrimination because I’m an outsider and would be breaking the standards of what is usual. Most Latina girls focus primarily on being seen as respected in society. To be respected in their view is “sexually handling their business” which means being safe and not ge... ... middle of paper ... ...t with clients it's all about the status I would gain by being with a masculine male. However, ultimately I would question their purpose since they still identify as heterosexual. In conclusion, being kind of put in the shoes of a Travesti for this essay, I would say there are numerous ways individuals of all identities express themselves. Ultimately anyone whose gender and sex identities do not match up are forced to face adversity in society. In this case I looked at people whose identities don’t match their behavior: ex-lesbians and straight white males and the varied sexual identities of transgender and transsexual people Or even those individuals such as Latina girls that have to constrain their sexual desires are being socially controlled. A person show identify themselves however they feel comfortable because there will always be other common outsiders.

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