The Importance Of Gender Identity

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Throughout the semester, one of the main topics that we focused on and that was found most interesting was gender identity and how it has grown and transferred into everyday life. Gender identity can be defined as a learned trait of how someone perceives their own gender and can be used to describe many different topics such as gender roles, homosexuality, and gender ambiguities. Each of these topics of gender identity can be found in a numerous amount of the works that we read including Cereus Blooms at Night, Anowa, and A Passage to India. The topic of gender identity is viewed as one finding themselves; however, in these texts, gender identity is being aware of how you feel about yourself and discovering when and how you want to speak up and show it. In Cereus Blooms at Night the storyline is built around situations of gender identity of Nurse Tyler, Ootoh, and the Ramchandin family. For Nurse Tyler, who introduces the story with him as the only male nurse in Paradise, he is the only nurse willing to take care of the elderly Mala. This begins to reference the gender identity because it is more common for women to be nurses than it is men. Throughout the interactions of Tyler and Mala, we began to see that Mala notices that Tyler’s gender identity is different from the norm on the island. As the story continues, we begin to see Tyler’s gender identity develop as he states, “I wondered for the umpteenth time if Nana would have been able to accept and love the adult Tyler, who was neither properly man nor woman but some in-between, unnamed thing,” (Mootoo 71). Nurse Tyler has known he does not fit the normal gender identity and considers himself to be “girlish since birth” (Mootoo 71). This is not an idea that was commonly ex... ... middle of paper ... ...o, Ama Ata, et al. Anowa. Pearson Schools, 2003. Hong, Grace Kyungwon. "'A Shared Queerness': Colonialism, Transnationalism, and Sexuality in Shani Mootoo's Cereus Blooms at Night." Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism, no. 1, 2006, p. 73. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx ?direct=true&AuthType=ip,shib &db=edsglr&AN =edsgcl.160165474&site=eds- live&custid=magn1307. Kornienko, Olga, et al. "Peer Influence on Gender Identity Development in Adolescence." Developmental Psychology, vol. 52, no. 10, Oct. 2016, pp. 1578-1592. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1037/dev0000200. Mootoo, Shani. Cereus Blooms at Night. Grove Press, 2009.
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