Gender Classifications And Their Respective Implications

857 Words Nov 20th, 2015 4 Pages
In a society that replicates gender as a normal occurence, it is hard to see myself as a gendered individual without first understanding gender classifications and their respective implications. From the time we are young, we are programmed to accept the gendered world, and I am not an exception to that rule. Disecting myself as a gendered person was not just enlightening, but it was also rather difficult to achieve as I seem to always blurr the lines of traditional gender roles, including when I was little.
Lasting Gender Influences The most dominant feature of my life was growing up without a dad. While in my youngest years, I was not bothered by the fact that I was a fatherless child, it did impact me later on. The main reason I was unshaken by the absence of my father was due to the presence of my grandfather. My grandfather effectively filled the missing masculine role that my father was supposed to play in my life, despite the fact that he did not live with us. I saw my grandfather daily since, in place of daycare, my grandfather kept watch over me. My grandfather always encouraged me to be intelligent and curious, to have a sense of humor, and an interest in physical activity. He was a strong, yet gentle man--masculine but with a hint of feminine about him--even in his old age. Because of my grandfather 's love and attention I never felt like I was missing out on something crucial in my life, and having him there did not cause me to question the absence of my dad…
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