Gender And Gender Roles Have Work For Centuries

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To many people, gender, or a persons sexual orientation, is something that should not be changed, and if one does attempt to change your gender by a surgical procedure, it is believed to be wrong. In most English dictionaries, the word gender is defined as the state of being male or female. According to the Oxford Dictionary, 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 majority 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 would disagree 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…

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