Gender Identity As An Unacceptable Act

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David had yet again stolen his sister’s dress but this time, his father was home to witness it. David loved cross dressing and playing kitchen. His father, on the other hand, was a strict ex-military officer. David’s father was a homophobic man who had zero tolerance for ‘gay’ behavior. David’s father believed that, “Cooking is a woman’s job, so men do not belong in the kitchen. If a man does things that are meant for a woman, that man is definitely gay!” Such beliefs of what a man can or cannot do restricts the self-expression of the man. Inadvertently, these beliefs also lead to misogyny. Women are seen as submissive objects to be toyed with. Men treat women as property, in order to appear ‘masculine’, or better yet. Gender identity is a…show more content…
I always get my vitamins.” This is proof that society and western culture, believe that women belong in the kitchen or at home doing housework. The idea of a woman doing work that requires hard labor or strength, or better yet, doing work outside of what is believed to be her area of concentration, is completely incompatible with the western cultural conception of an ideal woman. In the average household, the man is believed to be the breadwinner of the family. He becomes the dominant figure of the family. The woman becomes the submissive figure – the one who does domestic work. The conception of an ideal male by western culture portrays a man to not do domestic work in the home. Who makes these notions? And why do we accept them as acceptable notions of division? If a man was stay home, put an apron on, do housework and cook, it would misinterpreted wrongly. It could be the man’s way of showing affection and gratitude to his wife’s work around the house. Society could view it as a violation of the gender norm and start making assumptions and conclusions on the man’s sexual orientation. Does wearing an apron define a person’s gender or sexuality? Cross dressing has always been issue of conflict everywhere, especially in school environment. Students nowadays publicly express their feelings and emotions on their gender identity through their outfits. A boy can wear a dress and still be classified as a
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