on gender and identity

Gender roles are generally established by cultures—defining who we are and how we function within that culture. Most are prone to seeing male and female as opposing entities, and their gender roles follow suit. For example, males are stronger—therefore, tougher and attracted to anything that denies sensitive emotions, revealing their weakness. Females are weaker and more sensitive, making them more interested in sappy love stories and things of that sort. Most things we interact with on a daily basis (activities, thoughts, objects, etc.) are often classified as either masculine or feminine and therefore, assigned to the appropriate gender. It is rare that we interact with things that are merely objective, nor can we interact with ourselves this way.

Male and females are certainly different, but our society only emphasizes these differences, while also ignoring any common ground we may. It is no surprise that there are many who don’t fit into these stereotypical gender roles. I think this can only speak to the rise of individualism and individualism in its true form. Recognizing who you really are in relation to who society tells you to be is a beautiful thing.

transgender |tranzˈjendər; trans-| (also transgenderedadjective                                                                                          identified with a gender other than the biological one

This transgender ideology tends to lead to a physical transformation or a newfound gender description, or both.

Biological gender is understandable and can be explained—even disputed, although the non-biological gender mentioned in the definition above is unidentifiable. Gender is created, shaped and influenced by a society. It varies from culture to culture…there is no set definition. By creating more gender titles like trans man, cisgender female, only seems to create more stereotypes and divides. As a society, we have to create new frameworks in order to understand what a trans female is and one would assume that all those who identify as a trans female are completely different, as no two humans are exactly the same. So why then is it important to have labels of identification that coincide with our names giving people a framework to understand who we are, when that framework will most likely fail to do its job?

The more specific the gender titles become, the less I understand their true meaning. What I mean by this is, I know what cisgender means from looking it up and I have a pretty good understanding of what our society has identified a female to be—though if someone told me they were a cisgender female, I would have no idea what that meant. Not because I don’t understand the definitions, but because I have no idea what that label means to them. The best I could do (aside from getting to know them) is to come up with some stereotype of my own based off of others who identify with the same label. Not only that, but there is an added complication with the fact that these new gender labels were based off of a language and framework that came out of our society—a society with corrupted and imposing gender roles.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s