Gender Studies Courses At North Georgia College A Few Years Ago

1016 Words Oct 20th, 2015 5 Pages
Willeto’s lecture (2015) reaffirmed what I had previously learned in my gender studies courses while at North Georgia College a few years ago; the existence of varying genders within societal group cultures. Western historical representations seem to focus on the sexual stereotypes in a dichotomy, as one or the other, as male or female. Many people only see male and female and fail to understand the difference between gender and sex, wrongly intermixing the two concepts. Historically, the Westerners Western narrative viewed Native peoples as derivations of male and female in the form of either “Nobel Redman” and “Blood thirsty Redman/savage” for any male and either “Indian Princess” and “Squaw Drudge” for any female. I was aware of a third gender but was unaware of the scope of diversity within the third gendered descriptive and wasn’t aware of the fourth gendered descriptive. This lack of knowledge within the general population has created an idea that gender identity is just some fad, a phase, or a political agenda. I wonder how much the European patriarchal-Christian base of the “explorers” created and shaped the stereotypes for defining male and female, and negating the existence of the third and fourth genders. How much did the, predominantly, matriarchal or balanced patriarchal background of the Native Peoples play on the acceptance of third and fourth gendered people? I feel that Christianity played a big part in the negation of third and fourth gendered people as…

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