Disclosure of transgender identity is one of the most challenging yet personally liberating pronouncements that an individual can share with others. Verbalizing their self-identity can be a struggle for transgender individuals due to fears of social disapproval, rejection, loss of loved ones, discrimination, ostracism, verbal harassment, and violence (Shira Maguen, 2007).
An estimated 3.5% of adults in the United States identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual and an estimated 0.3% of adults are transgender. This implies that there are approximately 9 million LGBT Americans, a figure roughly equivalent to the population of New Jersey. Among adults who identify as LGB, bisexuals comprise a slight majority (1.8% compared to 1.7% who identify as lesbian or gay) (Gates, 2011)
Transgender Identity: Growing Up in the Wrong Body Breasts. Bows. Barbie dolls. The foundation of a societal female identity has been established and reinforced time and time again. As children, we are taught which physical attributes and personal preferences align with the stereotypical women’s figure, culminated in the Bratz Doll. “Sugar, spice and everything nice” has taken on a modern day spin. Less room exists for the model quiet, book reading girl while more space is made for the spacey mean girls whose handbag contents include lap dogs and hair brushes. Stroll through the toy aisle in any store. Adjust your eyes to the colors, patterns, and themes associated with the products available
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The commonly held opinion of the fashion icon, Barbie, has contributed an impeccable standard for young girls--from the unhealthy body images for girls to the low self-assurance Barbie has brought upon them. To counteract the previous statement, with the help of Barbie’s many job titles, women 's equal rights and opportunities have flourished. The creator of Barbie, Ruth Handler, created her so that, “through the doll, the little girl could be anything she wanted to be. Barbie always represented the fact that a woman has choices,” (Mattel 2016) to serve a purpose as a role model to show kids to love themselves instead of trying to be like her.The unrealistic self image and lifestyle of glamour and riches were designed strictly for
Young girls playing with Bratz dolls is not an ideal situation because the doll teaches them how to make themselves look more sexualized. This plastic doll is only six inches in length, much shorter then it’s competitor Barbie, but it still holds much more impact on a child. With very voluminous hair and outrageous makeup such as eyeshadow, lipstick, and mascara, little girls are being exposed to something that they should not have to experience until they are in their teens. The dolls lead young girls to think
Motz’s asserts that the dolls give young girls the power the essentially be anything they wanted to be though they “reflect traditional, outdated roles for women”. The Barbie doll gives young women the idea that life can be spent with leisure without much effort. Considering the dolls have a different outfit for every task/event and portray a life of luxury, even while working or going to school. Motz’s says that the dolls are a symbol for modern American success which emphasizes “wealth, beauty, popularity and leisure”. The message these dolls convey negatively impact the identities of American women.
American society today is not any different from the past, except today people are apt to discuss everything publicly on various social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram just to name a few. Transgender persons happen to be one of those subjects that have become the hot topic of the new normal. Nowadays there are blogs, tweets, and pictures posted online of people’s transition “coming out.” Like the past, society is still tough when it comes to judging each other. Although transgender might not have had a recognized community in the past, it is prevalent that society is becoming more accepting of their community, and aware of issues their community faces. In this essay the names, nouns, or pronouns used will be in accordance to the individual’s preference.
What was that one doll every little girl just had to have growing up? What doll made little girls obsess with perfection? What doll set the unrealistic standards for girls starting at ages three or four? Barbie is a children’s toy that was first introduced to the market in 1959. Barbie was the perfect role model for all girls. She was perfectly skinny, had a perfect boyfriend and family, perfect hair, perfect house, perfect everything, but her existence is completely ironic. Although Mattel, creator of Barbie, attempts to make Barbie absolute perfection, all her imperfect buyers are wondering why they cannot look like the beautiful doll. She is responsible for the diminishing young girls’ self-confidence. Lisa Belkin believes girls in today’s society cannot comprehend what true beauty is because they were so entranced with the idea of Barbie in her online article “Banning Barbie.” Barbie should be pulled off the shelves immediately. Barbie’s looks, actions, and lust for materialistic objects are the blame for the degeneration of assurance in young girls and women.
The number of estimated people in who identify as a transgender in United States of America is 700,000, according to 2011 findings from the Williams Institute, the transgender population represents about 0.3% of American adults. Disheartening research from the 2011 National Transgender Discrimination Survey reveals that 41% of transgender participants (2,644 out of 6, 540) had attempted, at some point, take their own lives. One of the reason why they attempting to suicide is because of discrimination about their gender. People are debating about should transgender individual should have their own bathroom and many people are getting affected by the issue. The use of public restroom by transgender individual has long been a polarizing issue.
The controversy over the unrealistic body image portrayed by the culturally iconic Barbie doll has been a topic of interest in sociology for many years. The research on this subject aims to determine the role that Barbie plays, if any, in the prevalence of negative body image and self esteem issues in young girls. The Barbie doll, introduced by Mattel, Inc. in 1959, can easily be considered the most popular doll in the world with 99% of 3 to 10 year olds owning at least one Barbie doll, and an average of eight Barbie dolls each just in the United States (Rogers, 1999). Barbie has received extensive criticism over the years for her ultrathin and highly unattainable body proportions. A majority of the relevant literature has focused on the influence of body ideals on adults, and not enough has been directed towards the impact it may have on children (Brownell & Napolitano, 1994). Some overall trends in the research on the influence of Barbie on young girl’s developing body image and self concept include Barbie’s role in socializing young girls, scaling Barbie dolls to an adult height in order to compare body proportions to real life adults, and conducting studies to assess the impact on body image that exposure to Barbies may produce. The following section will elaborate on these key themes in the current research discussing how the female body image is unrealistically depicted by Barbie dolls.
Since 1965, Barbie, and more recently, the Bratz line of dolls, have been the poster children for beauty, despite their grotesquely disproportionate appearance. Barbie and Bratz dolls were meant to represents average girls in their teen years tall, flowing hair and incredibly thin, a body image that is not possible for every girl, though Mattel’s slogan “Barbie can be anything! And so can you!” might suggest otherwise. For the company to insist young girls compare themselves to the piece of plastic that is a Barbie doll, is completely outrageous. Looking at the doll 's physical appearance, it 's clear that a real person could never embody this image. Breaking down the doll’s structure, there are feet readily bent for high heels, long muscular legs and thin arms, not to mention the fact that the head of a Barbie or Bratz doll exceeds the width of it 's waist! To even begin to entertain this image is unrealistic. What are we telling
We have an eleven year old girl, and we do let her to play with Barbie dolls. However, we do not let her play with Bratz dolls. My fiancée thinks that the Bratz line of dolls are too sexualized, and I must admit, when I first saw them I joked that the Bratz line should be called “Street Walker Barbie.” I do think that negative body image is real problem, but the impact of dolls on body image is comparatively insignificant. Barbie dolls, which have been around for nearly sixty years, are not the cause of the current body image crises that is infecting the girls and woman of our country. We are contently bombarded by advertising, fashion magazines, video games, TV shows, and music videos, that dictate what beauty is supposed to be, setting unrealistic
Transgender is a topic that many are uncomfortable to address. However, in a society that is evolving individuals need to be equipped with tools on how to except diversity and embrace unique characteristics of all people. Transgendered individuals feel shame and guilt for not fitting into the expectations of norms that society creates. Society needs to be educated and there needs to be awareness risen regarding transgender individuals. Without awareness, many fall victim to social problems such as mental health, poverty, and discrimination.
In today’s society, a person is able to identify themselves as a boy, a girl or a transgender. Transgender is a delicate subject to some people as it may be accepted by some and abnormal for others. Lisa Fields, a journalist, informed us that nearly 700,000 people are living publicly as transgender in the U.S and many people have many assumptions about what it means to be transgender. The people who identify themselves as transgender say it what is means inside to them is what matters. Additionally, different ways of marriage are introduced into today’s world more than just a man and a wife married together. Gay, lesbian and traditional relationships are all around today having the same issues as the transgender subject. The issue that
Transgender inequality is a big thing in the 21st century. The population consists of ,115 000 to 450 000 people. All those humans beings who have been fighting for their rights in this world, who try to be excepted for who they really are they should not be hiding their identity from others that will be discriminating them every time they come out of the shadows. They should be free to go out to do daily tasks and have the confidence of being themselves every day.
LGBT population is growing and to justify needs for educational points for healthcare providers, it is important to know their portion of population. The exact number of LGBT in the US population is unknown, partly because a percentage of LGBT people, for different reasons, don’t want to openly identify their orientation. A 2011estimate published by Williams Institute (University of California School of Law) indicated about 9 million Americans openly identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT). The estimate does not include about 19 million Americans who reported have had same-sex relation, nor includes the 25.6 million Americans have had same-sex attraction. Taken together, a significant population of the United States, either openly or in-private are LGBT (Wong, 2014).
When walking into a toy store, especially Toys R Us, it should be no surprise to see a little girl demanding for yet another toy Barbie! In the eyes of that little girl, there is no better role model than their perfect doll. With an attractive appearance, stylish clothing, neatly combed hair and professional makeup, the four year old child witnesses a goddess in their hands. When asking a young girl what she wants to become, it shouldn’t be a surprise to get the word “Barbie” as an answer. These innocent children gradually begin to compare their own appearance to the plastic Barbie. But they don’t think. Girls start comparing their own life with Barbie’s. Barbie is not the one who is going to teach you important life long values of living
Transgender people are often fearful about letting others know that they have gender dysphoria, or may be