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Changing perspectives February 15, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — writing4english @ 9:48 PM

When I was younger, one of the biggest jokes that kids would make was the ‘your gay’ jokes.  Many people assume that the men are the strong ones who are into power tools and cars, where girls are into cooking, dolls and fashion (Silverman, Radar 429). But what about those people who don’t fit these stereotypes. Back in the years before high school, no one I knew accepted homosexual people, or even males what had female qualities. At this age, the boys hung out with the boys and the girls hung out with the other girls. Based on these two groups, there didn’t seem like there was a group for the tom-boys, or the girly-boys to hangout with because they were not like the rest of the group. This is where all of the teasing started that didn’t help their self esteem. As the years went on into high school people became more understanding about homosexuals, however people were still kinda weirded out by them. I never had an exact opinion about homosexuals until a few months ago. On day I checked my Facebook inbox and one of my good friends from home sent me and a few other people a message saying that he is gay. At first i did not know how to respond to this message. At first i was weirded out by this new information, but after i thought about it, i know he is still the same person i grew up with and knowing what sex he is attracted to shouldn’t change my opinion about him. It also made me think about how hard it must be in a position like that. I could imagine living in a world that tells you how you should be but your body and mind telling you something else. Here is a link i found about some difficulties homosexual people have:


-Jordan Houtby


4 Responses to “Changing perspectives”

  1. I can relate to this because i had a similiar situation happen to me. I really liked reading this cause i liked your point of view 🙂

  2. When i grew up it was the same thing. We all had our own groups and never really hung out with the girls at all.

    Tyler Staruch

  3. Jake Morse Says:

    This seems to happen a lot in younger kids, but it is also very common for people to not fit the stereotypes of their sex

  4. Nice post, Jordan. I’d like to talk about the idea that someone you thought you knew well could be attracted to the same sex. And also the social interaction you describe where young boys and young girls only hang with each other.

    ~Jenna G.

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