Sst 200 Final Reflection

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Before taking SGST 200 class, I had a very narrow view of sexualities and gender’s problems, but I was fine with that for such a long time. Even when I decide to take this class, I wasn’t expecting to change or have a whole new view of problems like racism, sexism, and homophobia. In SGST200, I learned that there is nothing wrong with being different from others, we should be proud of ourselves and be respectful to others. We can’t change the biological diversity; everyone is different since they are born and they have rights to choose what they want to be.
Although I’m racially marked due to my Asian identity, I wasn’t aware of the racial problem until I came to the United States for college. In China, I’m one of the majority people who
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Every group of identity has their own oppression. If one doesn’t speak out through the silence, others who didn’t experiencing the same thing as they do will probably never know their oppression and others can’t help them. Silencing makes people can’t come together and fight together. And the silencing will also cause a group of identity be isolated from their neighborhood because they and their neighbor never get a chance to understand each other. Without communicating, neighbors will misunderstand each other, it will cause the oppression more seriously. What I learned from Audre Lorde’s “I Am Your Sister” is the only way to avoid oppression is speaking it out and not afraid to announce your identities to the world even this may be dangerous. Everyone should celebrate who they are. Silence would not protect oneself, instead it will hurt. We all have the responsibility to break the silence, if we cannot break it, people cannot come together. Although different groups of identity might seem to be fighting against different thing, in fact, we are on the edge of each other’s battle because we are all fighting against oppression. When I first read Audre Lorde’s “My Words will be there”, I was so excited to learn about when …show more content…
You can also call me Kay. My preferred pronoun is she.” Introducing myself with my preferred pronouns is the first thing I have learned in my WOMS 200 class. The person who made me go to introduce myself with my pronoun is my TA, Nat. Nat is the first person I met who introduced themselves with their pronouns. I used to pick a pronoun for someone by looking at their appearance. I’ve never ask someone which pronoun they like me to use when I’m referring them. Also by reading “Beyond Magenta”, I’ve learned how important the gender pronouns may mean to a transgender person. This is one of the ways I’ve learned in this class about how to be respectful to someone. “Beyond Magenta” is my first “textbook” about transgender people. It provided me a broader view of sexualities and gender. The author of this book interviewed several transgender teenagers and wrote down their lives. Because of my identities, as a cis Chinese woman, I’ve never get a chance to know more about groups of other identities like transgender people. “The Bathroom Problem” from Judith Halberstam I have read for the class also pointed out that our society still have a strong sense of binary gender system. From the bathroom problem, we can tell that people in our society usually identify other people’s gender by looking at their outside expression. In “Beyond Magenta”, we’d been told that Nat were been pulled out from the men bathroom by their teacher because they are assigned as a girl

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