Gender And Gender Roles Have Work For Centuries

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For many years now gender has been certain. To many people, gender is something that should not be changed, and if you do attempt to change your gender by a surgical procedure, it is believed to be wrong. According to the Oxford Dictionary, gender means “the state of being male or female.” Being a male is defined as “the sex that produces small, typically motile gametes, especially spermatoea, with which a female may be fertilized or inseminated to produce offspring,” and female is defined as “the sex that can bear offspring or produce eggs, distinguished biologically by the production of gametes (ova) that can be fertilized by male gametes.” These definitions are accepted by and believed to be correct by a large amount of people. Some of these people believe in such so whole-heartedly, they do not like when their idea of gender identity is questioned. Strict gender roles have work for centuries, so there is no reason why these people are wrong. However, there are many other people who do not agree with this opinion, but that does not mean that their opinion is invalid either.
“People who identify today as ‘trans’ or ‘transgender’, two common umbrella terms for cross-gender expression, are heirs to a long and often difficult history in America. Generally speaking, there has not been great tolerance for those who have crossed the rigid gender divide” (Reis 2014). For many years transgender people have not been accepted really at all. In the year 1696 the state of…

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