What Is Privilege, Power, And Difference?

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I have always felt like a female: it was and is natural to me. I never thought I was forced into the expected gender roles, but I was still never really allowed the flexibility of being anything besides female or feminine. I was told young that I was going to go to college and get a job, which are modern ideas for women. However, I was left with the impression growing up that I was going to marry a man one day. It never was left as a choice for me, it was something that was going to happen. I would marry a man and have kids, like any woman should. While it was never explicitly stated, I know it is still expected of me. I grew up in an area that was very homophobic, and being a part of the Catholic Church in that community did not help. As a female, I was never told that it was okay to like other girls. I was expected to be “boy crazy” like my girl friends in middle and high school. I was, but only because it was what…show more content…
As Allan Johnson said in his essay “Privilege, Power, and Difference:” “These impressions are based on blanket assumptions – that everyone, for example, is heterosexual until proven otherwise” (Johnson 16). Yet assuming I am straight does not tell a whole lot about my identity, goals, and views, and I do not want that to not be seen when people meet me. Just because I am dating a man does not mean I am heterosexual and I do not want to appear as “passing.” I am a bisexual, first generation college student, feminist, gamer nerd, cat lover, and so much more. My main goal is to learn how to express all parts of my identity without leaving any parts out or overpowering others. Many of our readings have talked about learning to accept and embrace different identities, normally with race and gender. Mine is between my gender and sexuality. I felt as many of the authors did; that something was missing from me when I was trying to forcefully hide away a part of my
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