Gender Identity Conflict Essay

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In the story "X: A Fabulous Child’s
Story," a child is raised as an X.
An X is a child who is assigned to a neutral gender by its parents and scientists. The parents of X raise the child to both girl and boy standards. This, however, is just a story. Raising a child with an assigned gender is impossible. Many factors go into the development of gender and gender identity.
Theorists state that the issue of gender identity is based on the society where the child grows.
Others believe that gender identity is based on the physical traits of the individual. Another aspect of attempting to raise a child without a specific gender is the fact of isolation. An individual would be isolated by the society because they do not fit the social
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Researchers say that the gender differences between males and females is because of some physical aspect. These aspects range from different physical composition of the brain, to different levels of different hormones. For instance, during maturation in the womb, the male embryo is exposed to two hormones critical to further male differentiation (Reiner par 2).
These hormones also have "hormonal effects [that] extend into other organ systems as well, including the central nervous system" (Reiner para 2). The biological differences in the individual would make a significant impact on the gender identity of the person. Even the type of body influences the gender of an individual. By the social norms of body type the individual obtains a grasp of which gender pertains to them (McDermid et al.
Para 4). Even though the person my not fit the stereotypes of male/female genders, a side will eventually be favored.

Case studies have been don on individuals who have been assigned one gender; then later in their life their body rejects that assigned gender and displays their true gender. One example of an assigned gender failing is in the case study of V.P. There were no problems in the pregnancy or delivery. The baby was healthy, and
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