I Am Not Defined By The Box Society Puts Me Essay

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I am not defined by the box society puts me in. My gender and the role I choose for myself do not need to fit the cookie-cutter mold past generations have built for me and my peers. I will never be the perfect man the world wants me to be. Masculinity traditionally rejects the notion that men can relate and enjoy activities and products designed for women. Cleaning the dishes can be considered a woman 's chore in Mexican culture, which prompts backlash for men who attempt to tidy up after dinner. After all, the central pride of a man solely lies in his physique, work ethic, and intelligence. In my family, gender roles weren 't definitely stated, but a line was distinguish. When I was younger, I never understood why my sister discouraged me from picking female characters in video games. Being a young child, I complied without question and never gave it a second thought until others started to notice my quirk as well. Looking back, her intentions were to prevent potential harassment from our cousins and classmates, but forced me to investigate why I wasn 't like other boys. It wasn 't until much later, when I was a teenager in high school, that my sister introduced me to the reality television show RuPaul 's Drag Race. The show is the epitome of blending masculinity and femininity while also working to break stereotypical gender roles. The theme of acceptance and confidence is heavily explored throughout the competition and has produced several positive role models to…

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