Gender Essay

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Julianna Mullinar
Mr. Boyle
When are you going to become part of this gender-changing world?

In society, we like conformity. Most of us do not like change and we do not like people being different. So, when a person confides in another to tell them they are gay, lesbian, transgender, or bisexual, the “trusted” friend may get mad because they do not like “different” people. But once in Applebee’s, I saw a lesbian couple eating, laughing, and kissing, just like any other couple would. They were not bothering anybody. In another situation, a girl takes on a “guy’s” job with the same negative results. It all goes back to gender roles. Gender roles have been part of society for many years. Gender roles will never go away unless people change their perspective on issues like the LGBTQ community, women taking on men’s jobs, and how the media portrays genders.

A man is a man and a woman is a woman. This is the typical perspective that tells a person how a man should act and behave and how a woman should act and behave. In the 1950’s, most married women were housewives. They were supposed to be the perfect wife, the perfect mother, and the perfect “maid,” with housecleaning and cooking. In a sociology class, the teacher gave students a paper that had how a good wife should act towards her husband. It was from the 1950s. It was telling women how to act when her husband came home from work. Gender roles mostly make themselves appear to people from their parents. In the article, “Gender Roles,” it talks about how gender roles came about and where kids and others get and understand them. It says, “Many parents encourage and expect boys to be more active, to be more rough-and-tumble in their play than girls. A boy who does not like rough play (and so goes against the gender role he has been assigned) may be labeled a ‘sissy.’ A girl who prefers active play to more passive pursuits may be called a ‘tomboy’” (Health). Parents are the first example of the roles they will or will not play in their life. They may not even follow the roles the parents hope them to have. They will not have those roles in them. Other people also engrain gender roles into little kids and confused teenagers. The aforementioned article states, “. . . a five-year-old boy whose favorite color was pink, and as a result, when the time came to buy him his first bicycle, he naturally wanted it to be pink . . . and the boy even told the salesman (who tried to tell him that boys should ride blue or red bikes) that color was just color” (Health).  The salesman had a picture in his head that boys should ride blue or red bikes and girls should ride pink bikes. The little boy did not. In his head, his role was liking the color pink and doing something different. He was not following anything. Gender roles have changed over many years. They might have started out a little shaky but they continue to grow and get a little more equal. But they do not always protect “different” people.

Our society likes to put people into two separate categories: “normal” and “different.” Normal is people with no abnormalities or imperfections. Different is where everybody puts the opposite. This includes lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, and questioning people. The gender roles are making it seem like these wonderful people are disgusting or an abomination because they like someone of the same sex, like both sexes, or want to change their sex. In Colorado, there is this 6 year old transgender boy to girl named Coy. She goes to school as a girl and plays like a girl. She also uses the girls’ bathroom. But now her school will not let her use the girls’ bathroom. In a CNN article, it says, “But this year, with Coy in first grade, the principal called to set up a meeting to discuss bathroom use . . . and that the options would be for Coy to use the boys' restroom or the staff bathroom or the nurse's bathroom for the sick children, which were both on the opposite end of the...
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