Gender identity is whether one feels as though they are a male or female. I never really thought about this much until I started taking classes that talked about gender identity. According to society, I am considered a female because my anatomical make up. However, I have never completely assumed the normal gender role or gender role stereotypes. As a child and teen, I loved to climb trees, lift weights, and play football. I did not enjoy playing with dolls, playing dress up or having tea parties, therefore, I did not do those things. I also was not sensitive like other females. As an adult, I do frequently adhere the gender role or stereotypes. Although, I still enjoy doing many male things like fishing, hiking, and camping but I also cook, clean, take care of the children among other female duties. Nevertheless, there are many things that I refuse to do that many people think females should do. I do not iron or sew, for example. I also expect my husband to fulfill his stereotypical role as a male. I expect him to be my rock, take out the trash, and grill. I think the reason I can identify with both genders is the fact that I was raised in a single parent household and my mom was Mom and Dad since my father was never in the picture. I do not have a gender role attitude. I feel I am whom I am and I enjoy what I want. I do not really identify with male or female, but I consider myself a female.
One the other hand, my husband is much older than I am and he was raised in the "typical" Leave It to Beaver type home in the south. My husband 's mother stayed home, tended to the children, and was very submissive to her husband. Since this is how my husband was raised he has more of a traditional idea of marriage. He adheres to the gen...
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...e is one thing that has kept me from being promiscuous. I have never known of anyone who had crabs although I have known of a few people who contracted genital warts and chlamydia. I have also known many women who tested positive for HPV. HPV can cause cervical cancer if not caught quickly enough. I cannot say I agree or disagree with mandatory testing. I am on the fence about that issue. However, I realize that many people will hide the fact they have an STD and spread it. I know one person in particular who was told by his ex that she had tested positive for genital warts and he continued to be promiscuous, which risked spreading it to the others he was having intercourse with. (thankfully it ended up being a misdiagnosis) I feel it is our jobs as mature adults to have ourselves tested and require our partner to get tested before engaging in sexual activities.
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