The documentary that I watched this week is called Intersexion. This documentary talks about different people who are intersexual. Intersex can be define as a abnormal condition of being intermediate between male and female. The individuals share their stories about growing up being intersex. Mostly all of their stories are the same. The individual is born and doctors do not know what they are because the individual as both male and female sexual anatomy. It depends if the individual grows up looking either like a male or female that they decide to do surgery. Many of these individuals were not aware of having this condition until later in life. A doctor called John Money had a theory that gender was the product of “nurture not nature”. In
Living in 21st century United States, being a much more liberal and inclusive environment than prior decades, gender “roles” and their normalities are being severely questioned and challenged. Americans have defined and established gender stereotypes that have become a critical part of how we look at gender roles and create biases about each gender. Stereotypes assume people who 'belong ' to a group will appear, behave, look, speak or sound like others from that group. The values, norms, practices, behaviors and traditions associated with the group are shared by all members of the group. For example, gay men are promiscuous, women are maternal and men don 't show emotions. Stereotypes are often dismissive, negative, and they are sometimes
In the documentary Middle Sexes: Redefining He and She, the prejudices towards transgender and intersex individuals, as well as the fear they experience because of these prejudices, are underlined. A transgender individual is one that identifies with a gender that is not associated with their biological sex. An intersexual individual, however, is one that is born with indefinite sexual anatomical characteristics, making it difficult to identify as a male or female (Croteau & Hoynes, 2013). In addition, this documentary emphasizes the impact of cultural expectations on sexual orientation and gender identification.
Gender identity, as defined in Webster’s Dictionary is, “the totality of physical and behavioral traits that are designated by a culture as masculine or feminine” (Webster, 2014). The first words said in the delivery room are often “it’s a boy!” or “it’s a girl!” Intersex children, who fall in between the scientific gender spectrum for male or female, are put through genital mutilation surgery and hormone treatment to abide by one of the two categories. Children who are born with an intersex condition where reproductive or sexual anatomy that do not fit typical females or a typical male’s norms should not have sex assignment surgery performed. This should be decided by the child when they are mature enough to make that decision for themselves. This is morally wrong because the social and cultural need to place intersex individual’s into the category of one sex or the other can have negative impact on their mental and physical health and many of the surgeries done on intersexed infants were done more for the benefit of parents, healthcare practitioners, and society, than for the infant. In the long run, this surgery done at such a young age can cause an unstable quality of life filled with shame and a feeling of exclusion from society along with the possibility of losing sexual functions. I will be mentioning evidence of cases that demonstrate that it’s impossible for intersex individuals who have had sex reassignment surgery that it did not help them identify with the rest
Intersex is a part of queer theory that is lacking in research, but is necessary and has good reason to be included. The link between queer theory and intersex can be analyzed. Intersex individuals may have more difficulty finding fixed and stable identity-categories for themselves. Labeling and queer theory and intersex individuals is also a topic for discourse.
The disrepair of our society is evident through the observation of a select few individuals. These individuals feel entitled to choose their identities, in gender and sexuality. These dissenters feel as if they deserve reimbursement for our inability to accept them. They believe that, due to their regard as outcasts, they are unable to pursue a whole and happy life.
Men and women, African Americans and whites, all take different stances on the way our government should be ran. A majority of men identify as Independent, no party affiliation, at 43%. The Democratic party overall has more men identify than the Republican party, with 27% compared to 25%. Women favor the Democratic party the most with 37% of all women identifying as Democrats. 33% of women identify as Independent, while only 24% identify as Republican. Overall men and women tend to favor the Democratic party and being Independent over being Republican.
I strongly believe that boys and girls should get the opportunity to play on the same team together if they wanted to.This would make them be able to learn more about the sport and help them to get better.If boys and girls were on the same teams they would be able to make more friends and there wouldn't be as much drama. One more reason I think that they should be able to be on the same team is because it would challenge them to get better and help them engage in each other without being shy.
The media plays one of the major roles in fueling this fear. By portraying horrifying scenes from around the world, the media introduces fear into “large populations, especially in countries where the average household watches television eight hours a day” (Beuhler n.p). The media seems to excel when covering conflict, especially when it comes to the Islamic world, which is filled with conflicts. The film industry has also been blamed for advancing Islamophobia by portraying Muslims and Arabs as the “bad guys” in Hollywood and Bollywood movies. Such movies influence how Muslims are viewed. The Hollywood film industry has defended itself by stating that they have avoided using Muslims as the villain since 2001. Similary, Bollywood, the Indian
An intersex person is born with a variation of both biological female and male gentiles, hormones, chromosomes, and/or reproductive organs that do not fit the normative binary gender terms female or male assigned at birth. (“What is intersex?” n.d.). The term that used to describe this was “hermaphrodite.” Due to that terms negative connotation, it has been changed to “intersex.” I recently learned this and am glad I did, because I didn’t realize “hermaphrodite” was an outdated term that some find offensive. An intersex person can identify with being male, female, or gender-neutral. I have found there are several blanket terms for those who identify as gender-neutral, which personally adds to my own confusion when I hear a term that is new to
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Martin Luther King Jr’s ideology aligns deeply with my convictions. Justice for all is becoming the trademark of my generation and I wholeheartedly support our march toward equality. Any injustice is infuriating, but the lack of representation of minorities in media is an infraction that ignites genuine animosity within me. Inadequate representation negatively impacts the perception of minorities and harms individual minority youth.
From the list I made about the characteristics of genders, what surprised me while, writing out the list the most was that I could think of more characteristic of the male but not from my own gender-woman. Stereotypes continue because everyone judge on each other whether it’s their personality traits, domestic behaviors, occupations or physical appearance. Not only they judge on each other, but stereotypes are all around us. Regardless of these stereotypes, there are ways to challenge these types of stereotypes to help everybody whether it’s their gender or any type of gender identity to help them feel wanted into the society and equal like everybody else from our society. Some of the things that could help these people are to speak up with
Sports are supposed to be a place in which people from all different walks of like come together and compete on a “level” ground. You will never reach a true level ground because people will always be born with more naturally ability than others and so excluding people because you think they have an unfair advantage would be idiotic. I think when you start to exclude people from participating you start to take away the whole purpose of events like the Olympics. Those who compete in the Olympics are way more gifted than 99% of the worlds but society doesn’t claim that it is unfair that they were born with that ability because we know that they can’t change that. I think we should hold the same point of view when it comes to intersex individuals.
There has not been a significant amount of studies done on the different sexes seeking help, nonetheless it is evidenced that women are most likely to seek and ask for help than men. The studies that have been conducted such as, cross-cultural studies, (Cohen, Guttmann, & Lazar, 1998; Moeller-Leimkuehler, 2002; Boldero & Fallon, 1995; Schonert-Reichl & Muller, 1996; Seiffge-Krenke & Shulman, 1990), empirical, observational studies, anthropological and ultimately research with adolescents have presented the same outcome of women asking for help sooner than men. Several different avenues of an individual’s life were used in the studies that were conducted such as one’s personal, medical and professional issues (Benesen & Koulnazarian, 2008).
An intersexed child as a person that not one sex, male or female. They are born with either genetic makeup, reproductive organs or external genitalia that is not specifically male or female. Another term for intersex child is quote to spirit quote. Depending on the culture there are different views on the intersex individual. The Native American culture in the Euro American culture are drastically different on their views of the “two-spirit”.