Class and Body Transformations
Beginning at an extremely young age children are taught about gender and what is seen by society as right or wrong. At times those same children who were brainwashed to love Barbie’s or Legos may go against what they are supposed to agree with, which may then lead to sexual confusion. “All children learn that they are either male or female, but what meaning do they give to the fact that they are one sex and not the other? In all cultures, boys and girls are expected to behave differently, and thus it is likely that children worldwide occasionally reflect on questions such as these: Am I living up to the expectations of my sex? Am I fortunate or am I disadvantaged to be the sex I am? Must I limit my actions to same-sex-typical behavior, or am I free to explore cross-sex options? Children's answers to these questions affect their adjustment and their development” (Perry 1). If a child or adult is unsure of what gender he or she sees him or herself as, chances are he or she is not alone. Transsexuality has extremely increased over the years and more people have begun to come out and show their true selves. This group of people gets judged and discriminated against because they are “different”. Society tells us what to do, how to act and how to live our lives; however, a person should never be ashamed of who they are or what they believe in. Transsexuals, gays, lesbians and other types of so-called “different” people are usually looked down upon when, in reality, we are all the same. No one should ever tell another person that how he or she acts or portrays his or herself is wrong. People who go through drastic appearance changes are judged by their choices by their peers. Society reacts negatively while viewing physical and psychological transformations, possibly because of the fear of the unknown. “Transsexual lives are full of obstacles – childhood isolation, denial, depression, coming out, and managing our gender difference in...
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The objective of this article was to stress how situations in the workplace involving employees that are transgender need to be handled. The author provides specific examples on an occurrence in the UK and interviews with key players in the process. The article includes how harassment and trust are in the workplace and how organizations can manage diversity and change. This article has a lot of information, some of which I did not think was useful but other parts of it were.
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and Resources for Counselors." Editorial. CounseLion [University Park, Pennsylvania] Mar. 2011, Volume 5 ed., Issue 2 sec.: 1-12. The Counselor Education Newsletter. Web. 14 Nov. 2011.
This newspaper editorial from Penn State University’s Counselor Education Newsletter discusses real life experiences dealing with bullying and suicide. Recent research shows that the LGBTQ youth are at a higher risk for physical and emotional abuse at school and are at a higher risk for suicide. The article gives counselors tips on how to identify signs of suicide in young people and symptoms of depression. This article was helpful in my own personal research because it showed facts, statistics and legitimate stories proving that the lesbian/gay/transsexual race is extremely judged and discriminated against.
Perry, David G. "Encyclopedia of Human Development."Gender Identity 2 (2006): 563-
66. Web. 21 Oct. 2011.
This article proves that young children are taught a certain way to live but some go against the rules and show their true selves anyway. The author summarizes how children view their own identity and how they adjust and develop. This article helped me but not as much as I expected. There were given examples and situations however it was not what I was completely looking for.
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