Essay on Gender, Gender And Gender Equality

792 Words Oct 11th, 2015 4 Pages
When one was about three years into high school, a thought lingered around; who am I? It started when Rebecca (Randy) came into one’s life. They were born biologically a female yet identifies as gender fluid, thus having two names and having to use gender-neutral pronouns (they/them). Gender fluid is “referring to a gender identity that changes with time and/or situation as opposed to a fixed sex-role or gender queer expression.” (Winter, Claire R. 2010) In other words, being a gender fluid individual can be defined as a persona who can identify at any time to be male, female, neutrois (genderless), or a combination. This had one thinking; how does an individual decide which gender to be? One grew up in a household that encouraged a great deal of physical activity and got to dress however one wanted. Yet, when at school, the females were expected to play and lounge around the swings or in a jungle gym while the males played kickball or flag football. The girls always wore skirts or jumpers while the guys always wore pants. As an individual that had an older brother, one interacted more with his friends than with the other girls. This developed into an identity as a tomboy. What Rebecca (Randy) made one wonder is: how much of a being’s environment contributes to choosing a gender identity vs. biologically being that way?

One or the Other The environmental factor of choosing which gender to identify with can be described as the social learning theory. Social learning theory…

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