Gender Identity

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Gender can be a very fluid term when referring to a person’s identity. In recent history especially, that term has grown exponentially to include a broader spectrum of identifying terms and acceptance. These terms include asexual and transgender to name a few. There are certain people who understand and acknowledge their sexuality at an early age and others who do not chose to recognize or identify their gender until later in life. Either way, the identification with a gender was made and in some cases crucial to the development of one’s life. I was born female and have always identified as female. Growing up my mom dressed my twin sister and I alike most days but each in our individual favorite colors. My favorite color just happened to be…show more content…
Gender can be described as more of a spectrum and depending on where you fall on this spectrum may affect the way you ae viewed in society and treated while growing up. Some children know at a very young age that they do not identify with the sex of the body that they were worn with. This is why biology and external genitalia may not always be the best factors to determine the gender of a child. In the article “About a Boy: Transgender surgery at sixteen,” written by Margaret Talbot, she states that “Skylar would put it differently: he believes that, despite biological appearances, he was a boy all along.” Even though this boy was a high school student, relatively young in age, he was well aware that he did not align with the gender that he was born into. In other research such as shown in the film Transgender, there was a very young boy around the age of five or six who identified as a girl. She began wearing dresses and growing out her hair in order to appear more feminine. There were many cases such as this one where a child was born as one gender but identifies as another. In the cases involving younger children there is less pressure to make decisions but as they grow up and reach the age of puberty, this process becomes more complicated. A lot of the kids chose to take puberty blockers which basically pause all puberty hormones and slow the transition down in order to…show more content…
It is slowly becoming more and more accepting to identify as something other than cisgender or typically gendered. This includes children at very young ages. In certain cases it comes down to the child and how they feel and how sure they are of their decisions. If identifying as a specific gender will provide them with a happier more comfortable life style then as advanced as our society is scientifically they have made that possible. Along with the support of their parents, these children are taking charge over determining their sex, which is a choice that a large amount of people in this world were not
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