Sexual Identity And Sex Identities Essay

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to make any choice if they are willing to take responsibility for it. Butler disagrees with Sartre by arguing that no person can choose to become any sex by his or her free will. People’s sex identities have been decided through discursive practice long before they can make a choice for themselves. Nowadays, parents can find out their children’s sexes long before their children will have born. After that, the parents will make preparations according to their children’s biological sexes. They will decorate the nursery in a certain style, or buy clothes for a certain gender. Every child is born with an assigned gender and sex. If they don’t have a oblivious sex, the parents and doctors will decide one for them. The child cannot make any decision about his or her gender and sex identities until much later. By then, they already get used to their gender and sex identities and will almost always act in ways that fit in their gender and sex identities. Furthermore, a heteronormative society does not really give people any chance to choose their identities. Butler states that, “the cultural matrix through which gender identity has become intelligible requires that certain kinds of ‘identities’ cannot ‘exist’—that is, those in which gender does not follow from sex and those in which the practices of desire do not “follow” from either sex or gender” (24). A heteronormative society requires that all people’s gender, sex, and desire are fixed in a certain way. A man should always have…

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