So why call Bornstein’s writing courageous? People need an interruption from the conventional way of rationalizing life. Bornstein does a remarkable job presenting thought-provoking questions to a society of people who have never examined what it truly means to be a woman or a man in this culture. “One fascinating point stood out as relevant to both gender and group dynamics, providing a link between the two: compliance within a group is set by the naming of good and bad behavior; the former is laudable, the latter is punishable. Either/ or is used as a control mecha...
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...ho break the rules, codes, and shackles of gender. Then we have a healthy- sized contingent!”
Others will say that society does give a chance to transgendered people to live a normal life. But how is it normal when they are discouraged from looking into their past. “The choice between two of something is not a choice at all, but rather the opportunity to subscribe to the value system which holds the two presented choices as mutually exclusive alternatives.” “The process is nearly identical to the breakup of a relationship, with the transgendered person leaving behind one gender in order to assume another.”
Clearly, Bornstein's clever style, individual approach, and forthrightness open doors to examining gender norms and restrictions of our modern society. Kate Bornstein is a woman with a goal, to annihilate the binary gender system in the world as we see it.
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