Essay On Gender Identity

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Have you ever tried to solve a puzzle that makes you fight for your whole life? Most of the people might answer they have not had any problems with their original puzzle, which is sex. However, there are groups of challengers struggle at their self-image of gender which becomes a particular puzzle of a person’s masculine or feminine characteristics that learn from social practices and environmental influences, not only from biological sex. I have learned that gender identity is built upon a combination of dichotomized gender system in this society and social expectations from surrounding environment. Individuals fight to seek their desired gender despite all the flood of social oppressions that expect predetermined femininity and masculinity …show more content…
Childhood is a unique period that a person gets the most influences from their surrounding environment although he or she does not have any kinds of predetermined notion from society. Flashing back to my childhood from elementary school, my parents gave me only blue jackets and black jeans to wear for schools. They had designed me as their ideal child by asking me more masculine and tougher outfits and thoughts than others ask. In fact, my parents did not directly say that they want me to act like a boy than a girl. However, I could assume what their image of my sex by wearing blue clothes and learning sports, because other female friends did not do what I showed them. At that time, I thought I am a defect of boy’s group, not as a girl. It means I developed my self-image of gender based on the social expectations from surrounding environment, which is my family, other than my physical sex. My parents were influencing my gender identity by restricting the choices of clothing and acting in social life. As I grew, I have noticed that social expectations around me are not matching with my parents’ desires. My female friends wanted me to hang out with them to shop accessories and treated me as the same sex. Furthermore, the school was dominated by gender dichotomization in several aspects of sports, restrooms, lockers, and seats. I could not play with boys because my teacher pushed my back to girls’ group. I used my locker on the girls’ side, which teacher decorated with plenty of pink laces and white ribbons. That dominant binary of sex and stereotypical gender roles made me change how I feel about my sex. It was a crucial change of social environment to me. Therefore, unlike ten years ago, now I accept that I am a girl, who usually likes pink than blue and the piano than martial

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