The concept of gender is not as cut and dry as you might think. The term gender is often used incorrectly as a synonym for our biological sex. Gender is more of a predetermined set of ideas and characteristics used in identifying socially acceptable behaviors and appearances for the sexes. It is not determined by the biological sex of the person. From an early age we begin to develop ideas of what it means to be male or female by observing others. Gender falls on a spectrum from masculine to feminine with many combinations in between. Gender expression and gender identity are also not the same thing. Gender expression is not related directly to how a person perceives their gender,
One who claims any gender other than male or female would be considered taboo or highly unusual by our society. Biological sex is often thought to determine one’s gender identity. Though sex and gender align for the mass of our population, there is a minority group that does not feel that they belong to either male or female genders. To understand gender fluidity, one must recognize that sometimes a person’s gender and sex do not align. A person may not feel that their biological sex reflects who they are, they may feel uncomfortable with the expectations and roles placed on them due to their sex. These gender roles are created by social expectations of our western society. Gender roles are merely social constructs, and if one does not want to conform to societies conjectures placed on them due to their biological sex, they should have the freedom to non-conform.
Jazz Jennings, a transgender teenager was born on October 6, 2000 in South Florida. She was born a boy and her whole childhood she liked girl stuff. Like dresses pink and anything sparkly. When she was younger she wanted to dress herself like her big sister. She wanted to dress like a girl all the time, even her family noticed it. Everybody said it was just a phase she was going through but it wasn't just a phase. She always knew she was a girl. In an interview with Yahoo she said “Although I was presented male to the public inside I was feminine, it was okay to be that. That's who I was and I can't change that, I was born that way.”
Jazz Jennings is a transgender teen activist and she is fighting for transgender .Jennings is notable for being one of the youngest publicly documented people to be identified as gender dysphoric, and for being the youngest person to become a national transgender figure.Jennings received national attention in 2007 when an interview with Barbara Walters aired on 20/20, which led to other high-profile interviews and appearances. Her parents noted that jazz was clear on being a female as soon as she could speak. “ You can’t define me I define me”. 28% Fear of bias
Kidd and Witten define the term transgender vaguely, stating it “describe[s] people who transcend the conventional boundaries of gender, irrespective of physical status or sexual orientation” (Kidd & Witten, 2007, p. 36). This term is a reference for the ‘other gender’ that is not particularly male or female. Currently, within the American society, there is a growing awareness of individuals who are transgender. Much of this awareness comes from LGBT movements and
According to a website titled Transgender Student Guidelines, transgender is a term that represents an individual who identifies differently from what his or her biological gender is. In simpler words if an individual was born with male anatomy, then that individual feels identifies as a female, this clarification also
Jazz Jennings is transgender. In one of her videos she stated, “I have a girl brain and a boy body”. She has a disease called gender dysphoria. She likes Soccer and Cheer, but she couldn't play then for a long time but after a 2½ year battle she could finally play them. She also likes to draw and sew. She even makes her own mermaid outfits. She stated that, “people think i'm weird and shouldn’t have the same rights as them just because of what's between my legs”. She thinks being transgender is special or unique not a disorder. A person asks, “do you ever get threatened?” She responded, “Yeah like on the youtube videos some people who are less understanding actually say very nasty and rude comments, it definitely hurts to hear
Gender is a complex socially constructed idea. Often people interchangeably use gender to refer to someone’s sex. This is not the case. Sex is the biological characteristics that makes someone a male, female or intersex. Gender however is made up of expression, identity, and sexual orientation. Gender identity is how one views themselves such as a woman, man or transgender. Gender identity does not correspond to the sex of that person. Gender expression is how one expresses their gender identity. This could be through a masculine , feminine or androgynous expression. In Western societies, although there has been a push for change in our gender system, the gender system as been a binary system. This binary system only believes that there are
There are a lot of people with this cause, in Colorado live’s a girl name Josie Claudine Romero and she is eleven years old and has a adopted sister named Jayed also has something like gender dysphoria but it is called gender identity disorder which is pretty much the same thing. When Josie was young her mom forced her to dress like a boy, and now her mom feels really bad for what she has done let her be who she truly is.
This paper takes a look into the lives of three males breaking out of their gender
Many members of the transgender community treated harshly and unfairly in professional and social settings. This leads to violet mental health problems, and devalues the lives of many productive members of society. A term used for people who identify as a different gender than the sex they were born with. Gender Identity- One 's personal concept of whether they are a man, a woman, gender non-conforming, bi-gendered, etc. Gender expression- The external representation of one 's gender. Sex- The anatomical categorization of male or female that one assigned to at birth. “I do not look like a little girl. I am a little girl. This is what five year old Josie Romero claimed in National T.V (Innes 5) Biologically Josie was born as Joey a male but now she identifies herself a female (1). Many accuse and criticize
“I am transgendered. I was born female, but my masculine gender expression is seen as a male…it’s the social contradiction between the two that defines
A person who identifies as transgender is one who expresses a gender identity that differs from the one that corresponds with their assigned sex. Gender identity refers to a person’s internal sense of being male, female, or any other gender. Gender expression refers to the way someone communicates their gender identity, whether it’s through the clothing they wear, their hairstyle, or their voice and body characteristics. Although some may not be aware, sex and gender aren’t synonyms. Sex is assigned at birth and refers to a person’s biological status whereas gender is based on socially constructed roles, behaviors and attributes that given societies consider appropriate for men or women. People who fall under the transgender umbrella may identify
Although born male, Jazz is a transgender female and has been living as a girl since kindergarden. Jazz’s parents, Jeanette and Greg. have spent years finding doctors to treat Jazz, while fighting discrimination and misconceptions of being transgender. Jazz is now fourteen and is facing high school. Jazz faces normal struggles of a fourteen year old girl; boy crazy friends, mood swings, and body image issues, as well with the unique challenges of being transgender. Jazz is on a regime of hormone therapy so that she can develop and look like similar girls in school. Jazz struggles with comparing herself, and lagging definition of her breasts with her friends. In four years, Jazz will be a candidate for gender reassignment surgery. This show has unconitional love and humor. This close-knit family works together to face
When most people are little, they have some experience that leads them to the realization that they are either a boy, girl, or person of another gender. It could be anything from a self-discovery to an