Essay on Beyond Midlife Interview : My Grandmother

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Beyond Midlife Interview: My Grandmother
I have rarely spent time trying to understand why older generations act and feel the way they do. To take the first steps into understanding, I chose to interview my Grandmother Claudette Grant. She is a perfect candidate because she is seventy-three years old and her young adult life aligned with the second wave of the woman’s movement. Her biological sex, gender identity and expression also align with mine, so I was able to challenge myself to look for similarities and differences within our gender experiences. I went into the interview as open-minded as possible. My goal was to understand her gender experience in comparison to my gender experience, along with any assumptions and research about women within that generation. Over the course of the interview, four main themes were apparent; transforming oppression into motivation, how the lack of education or embarrassment regarding female bodies and sexuality during her upbringing shaped her gender identity, the pleasure of womanhood, and an acceptance of and desire to sustain old-fashioned gender norms. Although my grandmother encountered a frustrating cycle of rejection regarding her career choices, it didn’t stop her, but rather ignited her to accomplish her goals. Her early role models were her parents, who grew up around what Brannon (2011) refers to as the doctrine of two spheres (49). For instance, although both her mother and father were college educated, her mother stayed…

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