Tawfik 1 Beshoy Tawfik
Exploring Gender and Sexual Norms
Being born as a male or a female is something out of individual’s hand; still gender identity will have a significant effect on that person’s life. Today’s society will strictly determine one’s abilities and limits of dreams passed on gender identity. Gender identity can be seen as one of the earliest social categories that children learn to apply to both themselves and other people. This is suggested in Schaffer’s (1996) definition where gender identity is the correct labeling of self and others as male or female. Unfortunately the society is using gender as a tool to apply discrimination. As a result of that discrimination males and females are treated unequally in the rights received, the duties must be done, their dreams in the fields of education, careers, sport and political participation, how every gender should look like and act and what each gender would be taught during childhood.
In today’s society males receive a lot rights that a female is excluded from having. If a male stayed up all night clubbing, he would be looked at as someone who did nothing wrong but having fun. On the other hand if a female did the same thing, her reputation would be dishonored. If a male had a lot of relationships, he would be looked at as “The Man”, but in case of a female she would be considered a whore. Females are excluded from a very important right, which is to live life without receiving oppressive judgments judging their common behavior. In a big area of the Middle East, women are excluded from one of their simplest rights which is choosing their life partner. In some of the third world countries, females are treated as objects which are good for nothing but being sex toys and raise children. A female has no right to even complain about...
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