Gender, Gender And Gender Identity

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Set with the task of interviewing three people about their life experiences and perceptions in hopes of gleaming a bit of insight into gender identity, I had several people say to me that gender was not an issue in their life, and I should just find someone else. Most people never think about their gender or how they express it, or they think that gender and sex are the synonyms ( American Psychiatric Association, 2013). That is, until confronted with a significantly different culturally expressed gender role, or unless your gender identity is not accepted as normal. Therefore the three individuals I ended up choosing Hector, Amy and Leta, are somewhat diverse but also similar in many ways in which one should be able to appreciate but the…show more content…
His father was in and out of jail, and he really didn’t involve himself much with the family, “Dad’s job was to make money, any way he could, if that meant working twelve hours a day, and selling some drugs on the side to make ends meet the so be it.” Hector said that his mother was quiet when his dad was around; she wasn’t allowed to express her opinion. Once he said that she mentioned that one of his dad’s friends seemed “shady” and his dad told her to shut her mouth before he broke it. I asked him if he thought it was alright for a man to hit a woman, and he looked at me again with that “What are you stupid” look and replied, “Well just like my kids, if they need to be corrected it is my job to do it.” He told me that he has never wash a dish or cleaned the house, “that’s women’s work,” he stated proudly. “This is what it means to be a man, we work and party, we do what we want and no woman can tell a real man any of the who’s, what’s when’s and where’s of live, machismo.” In contrast to Hector, there is Amy, a twenty-two-year-old woman who grew up in rural Iowa. She is of Caucasian descent and grew up on a farm with “traditional Mid-Western values.” She said that she was 15 when she got into a fight with her father over “women’s work” and she ran away from home soon after. She spent the next five years traveling with some hippies unit she got
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