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What Does Gender Determine?

Throughout the world, presently, many individuals are changing their gender due to issues with love, or they just want to experiment the same sex. However biology and sexuality has nothing to do with gender. Many individuals feel that gender determines your biology and sexuality. In the novel Orlando, by Virginia Woolf, a young man experiences the change of his gender with him transferring from a male to a female. He changes within time and adapts to the qualities of a woman by altering his wardrobe and mannerism. One major theme that was emphasized in the novel was the theme of gender. Woolf discussed how gender does not determine your biology or sexuality. The character choose to take on the characteristics of a woman, which showed that it was his decision to accommodate female characteristics. Woolf makes you think and wonder what biology really is and what sexuality really is. In the novel, Orlando by Virginia Woolf, the protagonist Orlando undergoes a major change. At first he was a man, but soon after he became a women. As a man, Orlando was characterized as "…cut out precislely for some career. The red of the cheeks was covered with peach down; the down on the lips was only a little thicker than the down on the cheeks. The lips themselves were short and slightly drawn back over teeth of an exquisite and almond whiteness. Nothing disturbed the arrowy nose in its short, tense flight: the hair was dark, the ears small, and fitted closely to the head." (Orlando, Page 12). This characterization shows that Orlando did not have a lot of masculine features, however he was a man. It is not necessary to be a male and have masculine features. It is the same as being a woman and not having feminine features. In Woolf's novel. she emphasizes how biology has nothing to do with gender. Biology only determines if your male or female. It is possible to have the hormones and body parts of a male or female and still find the same sex...
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