Race, Class, Gender, And Oppression Essay

1652 Words Sep 11th, 2016 7 Pages
Race, Class, Gender, and Oppression have been international issues for generations, from the Civil War in the 19th century to the Holocaust in the 1940s, and the comments of Donald Trump in 2016. All of these issues affect each of us differently, but we can all agree that there is still much progress to be made in ensuring that every human being is treated equally. However, we cannot truly understand why an individual feels the way they do about any of these issues until we know the background and history behind those feelings, and my own background is no exception. I did not give much thought to my biological sex during childhood. My first major reminder that I was a biological female was when I started puberty around age twelve. This was an external reminder that my body was transitioning from girl to woman. To me, the word ‘sex’ can be described as the genetic makeup of ones’ chromosomes. If you are a biological male you have XY chromosomes, and if you are a biological female you have XX chromosomes. I like that nowadays girls and woman can act more ‘masculine’ than they could in the past. They can play a wide variety of sports, hold almost any profession that they desire (with the exception of professional football and baseball players), and wear pants in public. Up until 100 years ago or so, women were limited in what they could do in these areas. Women were also limited because they could only wear skirts or dresses in public, as pants were thought of as masculine…

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