Social Media And Its Effects On Children, Adolescents, And Adults

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Over the past several years’ social media, television, and other collective communication outlets have increasingly been displaying children, adolescents, and adults who are gender nonconforming. In films such as the 1999 Boys Don’t Cry and now the popular television show I am Cait, more attention has been given to those with the current diagnosis of Gender Dysphoria (GD) and/or those who define themselves as “transgendered” (Zuker et al., 2008). Despite this new attention, there is evidence that gender nonconforming individuals have existed in cultures in what would become the United States since the sixteenth century (Beemyn, 2014). However, the nomenclature, legislation, and societal understanding of those who are gender nonconforming have evolved in the United States, and the ways in which transgender identity has been formulated has greatly changed. These narratives reflect the political and larger societal understandings of gender and sex. In fact as a diagnostic classification, Gender Dysphoria (GD) remains a focus of much contemporary debate; as some critics argue that a formal diagnosis continues the history of pathologizing and stigmatizing groups that express variations from the norm (Zucker & Spitzer, 2005). The following paper will outline the development of the diagnostic classification of Gender Dysphoria, and discuss the history of the social, cultural, and legal understanding of gender nonconforming individuals.
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