Analysis Of Jacob Anderson-Minshall's The Enemy Within

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Unit 1 option four

I had a professor last year named Dr. Linda Cool who hypothesized that today’s generation is always less morally correct than the last. However, I disagree with this claim; each generation faces its own unique challenges and handles them in different manners. For example, today, where homosexuality and transgenderism are much more widely accepted and increasingly more teens are coming out, they face a still little-varying and unaccepting society. However, the binary normative inhibits many of these teens from being openly identified in virtually all aspects of society. The future is undeniably bright, however as we strive for equality for such individuals as society becomes increasingly more accepting, it is important
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Society’s non-acceptance will fall and pave a day for a better future.
Society expects individuals to conform to the “standard story,” as coined by Judy Aulette and Judith Wittner, where sex is binary (male or female) and sexuality is assumed to be heterosexual, where an individual may wish to identify otherwise (GW pp. 20). This expectation is exhibited in Jacob Anderson-Minshall’s The Enemy Within: On Becoming A Straight White Guy, where because he grew up as a “tomboy” female, he was interrogated by his school because he did not align with the expectation of his biological sex (pp. 28-33). This simply perpetuates the fact that society expects the “standard story.” This is also present in Logan Gutierrez- Mock’s, F2Mestizo, where he adopts a more optimistic view of the non-acceptance for transgenderism and discusses how for much of his childhood, his family did not accept his transition from a woman to a man. His family expected a “normal” biracial
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My progressive hometown of Ithaca, which has coined the slogan “10 square miles surrounded by reality,” implying that the city is somewhat of a fantasy. Yet, in just my years of high school, several teens thought that taking their lives was a better solution than combating the demanding societal pressures. I know of two individuals whose struggles spawned from the constant oppression of being different from the norm in terms of gender and sexuality. C. Winter Han, a homosexual male, suggested that it was easier to join the oppressors than to fight the discrimination (pp. 94-101). Such oppressed can often feel ostracized and feel as if there is no way out. One of the individuals, whom I knew pretty well because we both shadowed at the same obstetric practice, took her life after being subjected to constant torment and finally, after losing her shadowing opportunity when one of the female patients discover that she was born a male and identified (therefore appeared) to be a female. The patient felt lied to and or violated and thus insisted on the girl’s expulsion. After her dismissal, she began to feel less and less sure of herself, often feeling as if she had no idea of her true identity. Identity cresses such as these pressure students so much that they feel no way out, but the future us certainly changing with the help of writers such as Anderson-Minshall, Gutierrez- Mock, and

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