Sexual identity is an interesting topic that society takes a critical look at it of late. Sexual identity deals with gender roles, sexual attractions to men and women in the same sex or opposite sex, great like of one sex that alternates with the other and how gender roles defined by society'. As in the film “Boys Don’t Cry,” Brandon has a female biological sex, but her gender identity is different. She is born a female with male features. Though Brandon is born a woman, she lacks the hormones for the growth of female features.
Gender dysphoria is the dissatisfaction with the biological sex one is born with which results in a multitude of symptoms. The dysphoria often associated with wanting to alter one’s body and gender expression to be parallel with what is felt to be one’s gender identity. Either a trans person is born with a female mind and a male parts, or the alternate. (Phillips, 2014). The mind cannot be operated on so the only choice is to help trans-sexualism is to alter the body using surgery and other hormonal replacement therapy options so it mirrors what the mind sees.
It is as if a guide on how to be accepted by men. As a matter of fact, I can agree with the writer on this point. According to the writer it is downgrading for women to read this magazine. As a reader myself, I disagree. “In our society women stand for the side of life that seems to be outside history—for personal relationships, love and sex – so that these aspects of life actually seem to become women’s areas.”
Cady Stanton eventually states her belief that someone has to struggle in life in order to survive, whether it is a male or female. This natural event clearly promotes equality that should occur between the two genders. To support this belief, the writer states: “It matters not to whether the solitary voyager is man or woman; nature, having endowed them equally; leaves them to their own skill and judgment in the hour of danger, and, if not equal to the occasion, alike they perish.” The author is saying that all humans deserve the same rights because every person is unique, alone, and individually responsible for itself. Elizabeth Stanton also states the fact that women didn’t have political rights and the right to vote, and that changes should be made in that field.
In her essay, “The Importance of Work,” from The Feminine Mystique published in 1963, Betty Friedan confronts American women’s search for identity. Throughout the novel, Betty Friedan breaks new ground, concocting the idea that women can discover personal fulfillment by straying away from their original roles. Friedan ponders on the idea that The Feminine Mystique is the cause for a vast majority of women during that time period to feel confined by their occupations around the house; therefore, restricting them from discovering who they are as women. Friedan’s novel is well known for creating a different kind of feminism and rousing various women across the nation.
“Reproduction becomes the pivot of all relations between the sexes and all sexual relations; not as a biological fact, but as a system of control and manipulation of all female individuals. ”(Tabet 145) Unequivocally, the basis of most relations between heterosexual people is reproductive. (Interestingly, the faction of society that actually exists sexually outside of reproduction (the homosexual population) is cited, but not deeply discussed by Tabet.) However, this prevailing male-female relationship criticized by Tabet as being unnaturally imposed is very possibly natural.
Undeniably, women have been subjugated under men’s relentless, patriarchal control in both political and cultural spheres of society throughout history. Attributed to stubborn male social ideologies, patriarchal constructed superiority has advocated and maintained unequal and unfair sex and gender boundaries. According to Thomas Lacqueur, our social gender structures are based on “a continuum, with perfect maleness at one end and imperfect, defective, or defective maleness (what we might call “femaleness”) at the other” (What is Christian, 26). To break these evident, unequal boundaries between men and women Lacqueur suggest manipulating perceived patriarchal ideologies by exploring “sex differences and the gendered characteristics accompanying
The lines, “Your drop of hope/Coupled with mine” is a good way to say that change will not happen unless everyone bands together and works toward a common goal. The feminist movement is a clear example of this. Women in time began to realise that in order to transform society they would need to ban together and form their own organizations. They campaigned upon a whole range of issues from property rights and divorce to equal pay. Increasingly, women recognised that campaigning was limited whilst women could not make their voices heard directly.
Women have always been given guidelines to follow and if they are not followed they are judged by others, this still holds true today;8 however they have a bit more leeway. In the late 1800’s, there was no leeway at all, there was a set of virtues women must follow to be seen as the ideal woman. In the short story, “The Storm,” written by Kate Chopin, she uses symbolism and repetition to show that woman can still be an individual outside of the virtues they are assigned to follow and live up to, to argue that the reality set in place for them was not the only reality they had to live, they could be themselves as well.
Gender roles in America are constantly changing over the past years. Television shows, music, movies and books are perfect examples to show how popular culture influenced gender roles. At one point in time, gender roles were necessary for society to be able to function in a healthy matter. Now, both men and women are both capable of doing anything; however for men giving birth is an exception. Popular culture allows us to see how people reached up to the point that their roles can be switched.
Women's issues suddenly became so prominent in American culture because things were changing. People were forming new opinions and women saw an opportunity. In the 1800's transcendentalism came into the picture. Transcendentalism was an intellectual movement led by Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau (Henretta, G-13). They believed that they needed to examine individuality and self reliance closely.
Intersectionality, as defined by the book is the, “overlap between multiple identity categories” (Sarah & Jones, 2018). To clarify, this the way that multiple spheres of identities come together to form the coinciding identity of a person; each singular identity grants the person more or less privilege. An example of this would be that a person who identifies as a Straight, female, Latina faces different privileges and inequalities then a person who identifies as a white, Transgender, male (Sarah & Jones, 2018). Being a person who identifies as the sex they were assigned at birth, allows for more privilege over someone who does not. On the other hand, being white puts the other person at an advantage over the Latina due to race being a huge
The thematic idea that my group and I were assigned for Romeo and Juliet is gender role in society. This is norms created by society for different genders. Gender role in society is very relevant in the world today, with many people experiencing it in their daily lives. An example of gender role in society is believing that males have to be strong and aggressive, and females have to be petite and do all of the housework. In Romeo and Juliet, gender role in society is evident throughout with arranged marriages, such as Capulet wanting Juliet to marry Paris, and forced household rules, like Juliet not being able to leave her home freely.