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Gender Reflection

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The first time I was exposed to the topics of sex and gender was in my Women’s Studies 201 class. Ever since I classify myself as a feminist and have always wanted to learn more about gender identities and feminism and use that knowledge in the future to help create change. When I signed up for this class, I knew it was going to be interesting and a class that would help me think out of the box. Little did I know that I was going to have to write a research paper, which I enjoyed every minute of and from which I learnt so much. This paper is going to discuss the various things I learnt in this class including different gender identities, gender roles, and finally societal views on sex and gender. Firstly, I would like to discuss the different gender identities that I learnt in this class. In my home country, everyone is just assumed to be a man or a woman. I never had to think otherwise because I myself have always identified as a woman. While I was aware of homosexuality and transgender people, in Sri Lanka we were not exposed to it so much. From my research that I conducted for my research paper, I learnt that act of homosexuality will be criminalized and transgender people are disregarded and do not have access to many resources to help them. This explained a lot as to why I was not exposed to anything other than what was considered the “norm” when I lived back home. It was only after coming to the US that I have had the opportunity to learn more. After taking this
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