Gender Identity : Gender And Masculinity

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What is gender? Most people feel as though gender consists only of the terms “boy“ & “girl“ , but it’s so much more than that. Gender is a very complex reality that is not just about what genetalia you have. In this paper I will explore all the subcategories and misconceptions of gender. The range of characteristics pertaining to and differentiating between masculinity and femininity is the definition of gender. We usually associate gender with genetalia and in our society, we like to stuff everyone into these strict “gender boxes“, where everything that has for some reason been deemed feminine is only for girls, and everything deemed masculine is only for boys. Cisgender is when you identify with one of these gender boxes, but a lot of…show more content…
This could not be farther from the truth. People who are transgender aren’t trying to trick anyone, but instead, trying to become who they feel they are supposed to be. “Transitioning” is the term used when someone Transgender decides to change their physical appearance and identify with pronouns used for the gender they identify with. First they are given what are called “puberty blockers“ which simply stop them from going through the wrong puberty at around the age of twelve for girls and thirteen or fourteen for boys. Physical appearance is then changed with hormone therapy. MTF’s or male to female’s would take estrogen to feminize their body. FTM’s or female to males would take testosterone to masculinize their body. Not all people realize they are transgender at a young age, but no matter what age, they can transition using hormone therapy. It is very important to use the correct pronouns for them. It gives a sense of reassurance & acceptance. They want you to see them as the gender in which they identify. “Genderqueer“ or “non gender conforming“ are the terms used for people who do not identify as either male or female. They are also sometimes labeled as “Bigender” or “Pangender.” These are the people who do not even closely fit into the gender boxes. Many genderqueer people see gender and sex as separable aspects of a person and sometimes identify as a male woman, a female man, or they may combine genderqueer
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