Gender Identity Has Changed Its Definition Over Time

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1 Megan Brannigan Enclish 1C Gender identity has changed its definition over time. The psychological definition as stated from the social learning theory is that gender identity is the sense of being male or female. Seems simple but we now know in todays world the definition has broadened. Gender identity is now defined as one 's personal experience of one 's own gender. Gender identity can correlate with assigned sex at birth, or can differ from it completely. All societies have a set of gender categories that can serve as the basis of the formation of a person 's social identity in relation to other members of society. From the past when we had many strong women’s rights activist who fought so what your gender was did not…show more content…
The next expressive woman known during the renaissance era was Virginia Woolf. Virginia Woolf was raised in a very educated home with a great privilege to be a freethinking woman. She began writing her own novel very young, and had written many more popular modernist titles such as “To The Lighthouse” and “Mrs. Dalloway.” Woolf had many opportunities available to her that many women of her day were not; she studied many different languages and went to college for four years. Virginia Woolf believed that women had little or no say in their future; she wanted to use her education and social connections to make a voice in the world where women unfortunately had none. Lastly Margret Mead, a respected cultural anthropologist, who was known for her research and reports made on sexual attitudes throughout the South Pacific and Southeast Asia in the 1960s. Mead was a frequent speaker and well-known author who was well educated and obtained her Masters and PH. D. In her writings she even proposed the idea that it was possible that an individual 's sexual orientation could evolve throughout their life. She studied many cultures and tribes that through observation showed that the gender specific roles were very much differentiated than the normal role of the man and woman in her society. Each of these women in each different ear of history made their mark by
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