Psychological Positions on Gender Identity Essay

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In this paper I will be examining two different psychological positions on gender identity. These positions are; binary gender identity and diverse gender identity. After I have explained both positions I will analyze the two and put forth my argument that diverse gender identity captures a more accurate depiction of gender. This psychologically charged debate over gender identity and its presence in society has taken the form of intuitions over social necessity. In where one side is arguing that traditional binary gender norms are no longer relevant in today’s world, and that binary gender norms are damaging to the cultivation of a happy and healthy society. While the other side argues that traditional binary gender norms…show more content…
That is to say when men are masculine and when women are feminine. A large concern for proponents of this position is that children acquire an understanding of genders in three stages. “First, at about 2 ½ years, children acquire gender identity or gender labeling, in which they can label the sexes and identify their own sex. Next, by 3 ½, children acquire gender stability, in which they understand the invariance of sex over time. Finally, children acquire gender consistency or constancy, meaning that they understand the permanence of sex over situations” (Eckes, The developmental social psychology of gender, 93). The concern falls out from this as follows; if this is in fact how children develop and the societies children are in do not respect gender norms, then children are at a deficit for learning how to be masculine men and feminine women. In addition, if they are at deficit for knowing how to be masculine men and feminine women, then they are at a deficit for being able to be mentally and emotionally happy and healthy. For prosperity sake I will now present a psychological study that is touted to back up these arguments. Matthew D. DiDonato and Sheri A. Berenbaum conducted a psychological experiment and later published their findings in the original paper “The Benefits and
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