Unexpected Gift

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Gandhi,Sneha

Saavedra

Unexpected Gift

I learned so much from the articles, and the panelists, I feel that I am expanding my personal views. One could say my personal growth. I once felt that like the rest of society; to be transgendered is a horrible thing, and very little good can come with it. But after reading and talking to those who experience it firsthand. I admit that I was wrong. It can be a blessing in disguise to be a transgendered individual.

Transgendered identity is something that each individual of transgender goes through. Typically, when a little girl grows up she wants to be a woman, and feels like a woman from within, and that is how she perceives herself and wants the world to perceive her as such as well. A transgender individual may be a female genetically, however from deep within may perceive themselves as innately male. And choose to present themselves as a male.

It is not always necessary to follow all the rules based on one’s physical appearance. To be gender variant for instance, one does not follow the rules and guidelines related to physical sex. It is an attempt to be a non-conforming individual and simply defy the rigid culture gender norms. For example: “Men who are nurses or flight attendants, and women who are construction workers or police officers.(Gender Variance Model).” An occupation is an occupation, it does not change one’s gender simply by employ.

However simply because one is unsure if they skew from the typical norms, doesn’t necessarily mean that they are strange, or don’t belong. The creation of A Gender Spectrum would tell us that there is always a place to belong. There is plenty of gray matter. It does not have to be Male or Female. We as a society have to move past the gender polarities and understand that gender does exist beyond the barriers of male and female.

Society is so hell bent on creating set rules for men and women. It is okay not to fit in to a category. It is okay to just be, and...
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