Gender Identity Disorder Essay

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Gender, Sex, & Sexuality: Separate and NOT equal.

First and foremost, a few key terms to keep in mind while reading this paper.

"Sex”: refers to the biological and physiological characteristics that define men and women.[1]

“Gender”: refers to the socially constructed roles, behaviors, activities, and attributes that a given society considers appropriate for men and women.[2]

“Gender identity“: an individual's self-conception as being male or female, as distinguished from actual biological sex.[3]

With so many different terms, it is hard to keep up with the language and understanding of the complex idea of Gender Identity Disorder. If “sex” is a biological term, and “gender” is a sociological term, and “gender identity” is
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strong and persistent preferences for cross-sex roles in make-believe play or persistent fantasies of being the other sex

4. intense desire to participate in the stereotypical games and pastimes of the other sex

5. strong preference for playmates of the other sex

Daphne reported many things about her childhood in her memoir The Last Time I Wore a Dress, but she never mentioned a repeated desire to be the opposite sex. She did prefer to wear clothing that would not be seen as “girly,” such as dresses. Daphne also had a strong preference for her playmates to be boys. She also describes to her readers, too, that she had more of a knack for softball than any desire to perfect the art of makeup. While I wouldn’t consider this a fantasy, Daphne does mention the desire to be as free as a boy is while riding her bike in the sun topless. Counting all of these things as four out of 5 criteria would indeed give Daphne a diagnosis of GID.

How these behaviors come about is what researchers really want to know. Is it a chemical imbalance? Did we not make our children play with the right toys? Was she born this way? These are all questions that parents are asking about their children diagnosed with Gender Identity Disorder. Daphne’s parents, however, were not concerned with how she got to be the way she is, but how can I fix it? It is easy to blame the parents when reading The Last Time I Wore a Dress. Daphne's mother is
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