Determining Sexual Identity

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It's early afternoon and I'm watching daytime television which leaves you with limited options. I could probably be doing something better with my time however it is summer break. So as a guilty pleasure, I relish in the antics featured on the Maury Show. Normally his show deals with life changing paternity shows. Occasionally, he veers away from his usual format to a once popular format: Is she a man or woman? This is a show that allows the audience to guess the gender of the person. It seems rather straight forward; the entertainment value is that it's difficult to tell at first glance. It forces you to carefully select which phenotypical traits are most appropriate for the gender you select. We all think we can innately tell the…show more content…
The ultimate goal of every transsexual surgery was to pass as an accepted member of the gender of choice. For many people, this concept was met with hostility especially by the feminist community. Feminist theoreticians like Janice Raymond believed these "she-males" to be a threat to women's power and identity(340). She argued that, " all transsexuals rape women's bodies by reducing the female form to an artifact, appropriating this body for themselves" (340). All transsexuals wanted to be accepted by their newfound community which they so desperately wanted to be apart of. They wanted to be free of the stereotypes associated with their prior selves and be welcomed into the male or female community as a card-carrying member. But in order to do so, objectivity must come into play. For transsexuals, the most important thing is to "pass". "Passing means to live successfully in the gender of choice, to be accepted as a 'natural' member of that gender" (352). To be objective is to let go of one's prior gender role and accept the individual for what gender they embody currently. A person would need to forego a transsexual's prior history as male or female and decide to focus and embrace who they are now.
We need to come up with a universal definition that describes various cues that allow for concise recognition for a specific orientation. One that excludes bias based on perceptions and not on actual fact. Because these individuals
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