Binary Meets The Gender-Vtariant Child Parents Negotiations With Childhood Gender Variance: Case Study

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Reflective Reading Assignment

Rahilly (2015)

Rahilly, E. P. (2015). The Gender Binary Meets the Gender-Variant Child Parents’ Negotiations with Childhood Gender Variance. Gender & Society,29(3), 338-361.

In this article, Rahilly, E. (2015) argues that there has been an increased rate of children in society, stepping outside of the gender binary to demonstrate gender variance. Rahilly examines that the development of these children 's demonstrating the gender nonconformity is identified by the lifestyle and navigation from their parents. She suggested that many contemporary parents, no longer stereotype the intellectual of gender binary as they deteriorate the cultural ideology. Rahilly uses the concept of truth regime from Foucault’s framework
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In the contemporary society, the construction of hegemonic masculinity has been significantly challenged due to the shift of societal views and acts upon the idea of gender roles. In this reflection, I will discuss a two approaches why I believe the hegemonic masculinity is challenged through the upbringing of an individual, and the media influence. I will also conclude thesis from well-recognized theorists in order to support my argument regarding the approaches to the threat of hegemonic

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