Women 's Process Of Self Discovery

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She also states that transgender people are adding a new perspective to the narrative of gender that is why “non-transgender people, from religious conservatives to anti-trans feminists, may see transsexual identities as a threat to their own sense of identity” (Ladin, 2015). I imagine Ladin had in mind Germaine Greer, a renowned feminist when she wrote her article, Greer stated that “a post-operative transgender woman ‘can’t be a woman’” (Saul, 2015).
Nevertheless, comments of this kind challenge us to explore if the constructed definition of what it is to be a woman, or a man, is more relevant than being human. It also gives society an opportunity to reframe our questions to create more inclusive, compassionate and non-judgmental
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Here, Butler proposes a broader look to gender; perhaps, the act of “becoming” has no end. That radical way of looking at gender expression is profoundly liberating, because then, we can contemplate the idea of becoming many things without having to name it. Femininity, at its core, is constructed through patriarchal ideas and society place femininity at a lower level of importance than man. Therefore, the redefinition of gender expression is far more than necessary to reconstruct how we want to be seen. The transgender women’s narrative is about recognition, a claim to be seen and heard. I see in their stories characteristics that I recognize in me or that I aspire to be: courage, resilience, curiosity, possibilities, beauty, depth, and respect for themselves; in the midst of struggle, pain, fear, and confusion. Janet Mock writes, “Self-definition and self-determination is about the many varied decisions that we make to compose and journey toward ourselves, about the audacity and strength to proclaim, create, and evolve into who we know ourselves to be” (p.172). The increasing participation of transgender women in social and mass media communications has the potential to help all of us to reconnect with our internal voice. When we see transgender women, fiercely, not conforming with their imposed identity, and managing to accept their own womanhood, they bring us all an opportunity to
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