Gender Identity Essay
July 27, 2014
Gender identity is not a concept that everyone actually gives consideration. For most people, they fall into the role that is recognized by those around them. This role, however, is not always compatible with who they really are. For some, there is confusion about who they are and who they would like to be. To better understand gender identity and the traits of masculinity and femininity, one must first fully understand the factors of each concept, and how they apply to an individual.
According to Rathus, Nevid, and Fichner-Rathus (2011), gender identity is the personal awareness or sense of self that either reflects as male or female. Gender …show more content…
“Masculine” and “feminine” are terms that we hear every single day. Masculine traits are typically similar to strength or aggressiveness, with feminine labels similar to emotional or empathetic. While masculinity and femininity are on opposite ends of a scale, most people find themselves somewhere in the middle depending on certain traits that are attributed to either males or females. This is the masculinity-femininity continuum. Personality characteristics are not the only traits to determine placing on the continuum. Physical traits also help to determine gender role, with traits like a hairy chest or muscular body for masculinity and a high voice or large breasts for femininity.
I cannot say that I ever made a conscious choice for my gender identity. There was no point where I