The Common Gender Binary?

1928 WordsOct 5, 20158 Pages
Betsy Lucal (1999) and Anne Fausto-Sterling (2000) brought up the discussion of those who physical appearance does not coincide with the common gender binary. In a society that is obsessed with maintaining the gender binary, anything less than what is considered normal is dangerous and cannot be allowed. Because of these set ideas within our society it is difficult for those who do not quite fit within the binary to feel fully comfortable and must constantly find a way to validate themselves among others in order to possibly be accepted. Fausto-Sterling (2000) touched upon this discussing that it was unfamiliar territory for many physicians, so they felt as if they were making the correct choice in choosing one gender over the other. Not taking the long term physical and psychological risks into consideration. A major issue as well is the fact that doctors may not be completely honest with the individual, keeping information about their method of treatment as well as what is really going on with their bodies (Fausto-Sterling, 2000, p. 65). This serves as a reflection in doctors own self-doubt in the treatment they are choosing this patient to endure. Being honest with their patient about everything with their bodies could in turn, “…threaten individuals’--and by extension society’s--adherence to a strict male-female model,” (Fausto-Sterling, 2000, p.65). This was very detrimental to many children even more as they begun puberty and entered into adulthood, being that more
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