Over the past years there has been many phases of the struggle of being transgendered especially those of color. Transgender women of color have higher rates of murder and homelessness. Several states don’t even offer no legal protection in employment, health care, housing and other areas where these people face discrimination. We must realize the current phase which is equal rights, and we need to address the views of the public and make a change. Several people look at transgenders differently especially in cultures. Different individuals have a broad range of different beliefs about gender, not to mention that different cultures have their own way of defining feminine and masculine. Whether we view someone as transgender it really just depends
One can liken my transgender journey to being on a seldom used bumpy old state highway with very few service stations along the way. I was scared to take the route, to begin with, and it took three-quarters of my lifetime to choose to make the trip, having enjoyed nicely paved modern highways for all of it, so why would I? One good reason is that the better highways with their smoothly rolled asphalt and all the convenient well-lit rest areas didn’t take me to any destinations I wanted to reach. So at age 62, I packed all my undeniable inclinations, my dreams, hopes, and desires and chose a ribbon of bad pavement, that went on and on into the horizon for as far as the eye can see and only two lanes, to boot. For sure, my side of the road seemed to go on forever, but the other lane just as frightening. It took me
Judith Butler (Gender Trouble, 1990) argues that rather than sex determining gender-gender determines sex. Sex is shaped by gender discourses which give us scripts to perform according to whether we are biologically classed as male or female. The continual performance of these scripts on a daily basis is what makes us male or female. The classic example of this is the third sex, yes, the third sex and that is the transgender( born male in a female’s body or
Differences in brain structure between males and females result in important differences in perceptions, emotional expressions, priorities and behaviors. (*) Relationship traits, problem solving approaches, mathematical abilities, reactions to stress, language, emotions, brain size, pain perception, spatial ability and susceptibility to disorders are just some areas in which men and women react differently because of their differences in brain structure. (*) To some scientists and theorists these many influential biological differences between men and women make gender roles inevitable. (*)
When I saw this, I knew we had to take a moment and think about it, sex is biological, gender is a man created social construction. It tends to start at birth when a child is called either a male or female. It happens when we give a child a name according to their gender. For example, a girl would be named Jennifer and a boy would be named Adrian. As growing we are influenced by what’s around us. As children our parents and our community taught us how we are supposed to dress, how we should appear to other people and our actions according to our “genders”. Gender construction is assigning roles, characteristics, jobs, and names to our sexes. We are not born men and women, yet we become
Estrogen and testosterone play a role in brain development, emotions and thoughts. They both have their strengths and weaknesses. Neither side is generally 'better'. On average, women have smaller brains than men by about 4%. This however, does not mean they are less intelligent in any way. Men generally have bigger bodies, which mean bigger organs, more cells and more muscle. Men’s larger bodies require more brain cells to send and receive information properly. The fact that they have more brain cells has no affect in the amount of knowledge they have. Difference results in conflict. The fact that men and women are different in such distinct ways, it becomes natural for one gender to put the opposite down through the lack of fluently understanding the other. Humanity needs both male and females to continue. Neither gender will go away. There is no point to sexism; all it does is cause negativity and disruption. I think anyone can be whoever they want to be, and do whatever they want to do. In conclusion, I think each gender should be treated equally, and I hope you do
Traditionally speaking, most people view sex and gender as interchangeable, synonymous, and biological. As more studies and research are done, more professionals are realizing the vital difference between the two terms. Sex, according to sociologist Doctor Zuleyka Zevallos, is the “biological traits that societies use to assign people into the category of either male or female, whether it be through a focus on chromosomes, genitalia, or some other physical ascription”. She goes on to say that the definition of gender is “the cultural meanings attached to men and women’s roles; and how individuals understand their identities including, but not limited to, being a man, woman, transgender, intersex, gender queer, and other gender identities” (Zeyallos, 2014). We see sex as something we are assigned at birth due to the body parts we are born with, and we see gender as the way one identifies with their assigned sex. In the majority of cases, assigned sex and gender identity line up, but less often it does not. In these cases, we see individuals who are transgender, gender queer, gender fluid, and more. More people are coming forward about these different ways they are experiencing gender, so many people assume these ways of experiencing gender are new.
After listening to the podcast of Hidden Brain podcast, “The Edge of Gender: Nature, Nurture, And Our Evolving Debates About Gender” (October 9, 2017) I realized that biologically we are different because of our chromosomes and genes but even thought that makes us biologically different there shouldn’t be issues on whom we decide to be. A quote from Hidden Brain states, “girls are exposed to unusually high levels of testosterone in the womb. And what we see when they are born is, they will gravitate towards male-typical toys, and this is even if their parents give them more praise for playing with female-typical toys” To true this is a key point biologically, but that doesn’t mean that it’s all-true because as we grow up we are influenced from
But they couldn’t be more wrong. Victoria M. Indivero of Penn State News’s ‘Sex segregation in schools, detrimental to equality’ say,”Neuroscientist have found a few difference between male and female brains, but none have been linked to different learning styles.” And to further back up this claim, I have Gina Rippon of Neuroscience News’s ‘Are Female and Male brains really different.’Which states,”It can be shown that a ‘characteristically male’ density of dendritic spines or branches of a neuro cell can be changed to the ‘female’ form simply by the application of a mild external stress. Biological sex alone cannot explain brain differences; to do so requires an understanding of how, when, and to what extent external events affect the struggle of the brain.” So as you can see the gender of the host does not determine nor change any aspect on the brain. It all has to do with the uniqueness of the brain and what happens outside it to the rest of the body that determines exactly what is need for living and learning. For example, if someone had been in a traumatizing car accident, but he was a young boy, it would be best not to stick him into a classroom that is littered with pictures and pictures of cars because they are seen as ‘boyish’. The things we do and happen to us as people
Transgender women will be allowed to enroll in one of the three female-only colleges at Cambridge University, as well as Barnard College and Smith College did in 2015.
In society, social categories are based on “real or assumed physical, biological, or genetic differences” (Kirk & Okazawa-Rey, 2013, p. 12) to create privilege, a desired cultural currency, for particular groups (Taylor, 2013). Hence, gender and sexual orientation are two of these social categories (Kirk & Okazawa-Rey, 2013), and transgender people, “whose gender expression, gender identity, and/or sex identity does not match the expectations of the dominant norm of society” (Catalano, McCarthy, & Shlasko, 2007, p. 219), are placed in the subordinate groups of these social categories (Kirk & Okazawa-Rey, 2013). Hence, the subordination of transgender people is based on the misguided premise of the sex/gender binary, which states there are only
Since the beginning of time, gender has always been divided into two categories, either male or female, with few instances that have stepped in between. As civilization has evolved, it has began to learn that this division is a lie, and that it is disgusting, disgraceful, hurtful and untrue at its rotten core. This is because this “division” has never counted for anything but a label and a set of roles as a stereotype, which was unjustly assigned at birth in a societal attempt to conform each and every unique soul into a shape that they cannot fully fit. There should not exist such standards and expectations that do not account for anything besides what one's body has to say, without asking the mind of the thoughtless vessel known as the body.
Dr. Laura Allen has spent years studying the brain tissue of both boys and girls. She said, "As I began to look at the human brain more and more, I kept finding differences, and about 7 or 8 of the 10 structures that were actually measured turned out to be different between men and women" (Men, Women). Basically, it is best to always try to learn about human nature, that way we can educate people to prevent them from misusing the information. She claims, "knowledge we get is better, we can alter our education system for more equality" (Men, Women).
Looking at male and females we can see the noticeable physical differences between the two sex, but besides exterior differences, there are subtle but significant differences within the brain. Spasificly INAH3 which is called “third interstitial nucleus of the anterior hypothalamus” which is typically about two to three times larger
Medical researchers have been aware for a long time that the male and female brain is different in size. In 2001, researchers from Harvard found certain parts of the brain were differently sized in males and females; this may answer some of the questions about the difference in the male and female brain in regards to development and