Gender Nonconformity In Society

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People make a big deal out of gender nonconformity, in which I believe is because we fear what we do not understand. “What we don’t understand, we fear. What we fear, we judge as evil. What we judge as evil, we attempt to control. And what we cannot control…we attack.” (Brown, 2009). The society constructed the frame of what a girl or a boy should look like and how they should perform. Typical examples of the gender norms are girls like to play dolls and colors of pink while boys like to play robots and colors of deep shades. Traditions and cultures controlled and chose what to provide us to wear or play according to our assigned sex starting when we are infants, while we still do not have our own gender identity in our minds. But when the moment we realize the performances that express our true selves do not align with the socially constructed gender category, we are being seen as weirdos and identified as “wrong” because the society do not understand why this happens. We are ever since educated that we only have binary sexes – male or female, in schools. Traditions and cultures also suggest perceptions and conventions that creates the “correct” type of male and female. While the majority have their biological sex and gender identity aligned consistently, some just find theirs do not fit perfectly. Schools and the society were not able to explain this phenomenon and thus people related and mixed it to disorders and mental illness, tried to control it and to ‘fix’
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