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Knock Knock. Who’s there? IDK! February 16, 2010

Filed under: Gender & Sexuality — writing4english @ 12:02 AM

Sexuality is the physical, born with attributes that classify you as either a man or woman. Although, we are born as a specific sex many of us do not stay true to who we are supposed to be. Gender has been defined by society as a role we must play and abide by. However, I do not believe many people actually follow the “rules”. There are so many people who have challenged society by following their own paths. “It is not enough for a man to be male; he also has to appear masculine. A woman, in addition to being female, must also be feminine”( http://www2.hu-berlin.de/sexology/ATLAS_EN/html/the_social_roles_of_men_and_wo.html). Men are said to be strong, tall, dark & handsome. Women are supposed to be petite, sensitive, elegant and graceful. When it comes to switching roles it seems like it is harder for a guy. A guy is most likely to be made fun of for doing ballet, figure skating, or gymnastics; versus a girl who can play football, basketball, hockey without a word said. Just because we are born with certain body parts, it doesn’t mean we are not allowed to act the opposite of who we are (Silverman & Rader 429). There is this guy I went to school with and his little sister is a total tom boy. She dresses like a boy and plays on the boy’s football team. Yet, she is STILL a girl. It’s funny though because she always gets mistaken for a boy and so many girls think she is so cute. So, when they find out she’s actually a girl they freak out! It’s pretty funny. She is definitely a sweet girl though so it makes no difference how she acts. The roles do not only apply to the younger generation. The most common stereotype for men and woman is a housewife with tons of kids and the man is the one who works and supports the family. However, that has changed so much. There are so many women who are getting big corporate jobs and supporting their families. When it comes to starting a family and man typically is expected to be the most dominant. So, when a man decides to be the stay at home parent it’s like what the heck?! But really what does it even matter? The roles that society has defined for both sexualities have been challenged by each generation.

Nayeli Garza

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One Response to “Knock Knock. Who’s there? IDK!”

  1. Nice post, Nayeli. It really interests me that other girls find the tomboy you know to be cute until they realize she’s a girl! Kinda messes with our concepts about heterosexuality.

    ~Jenna G.


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