Gender identity and sexual orientation beth rouse women’s health issues


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Gender identity and sexual orientation beth rouse women’s health issues

  1. 1.  Gender Identity: How we identify our self based on psychological identification Gender Expression: The way we express our gender through clothing, mannerisms, and chosen names Gender Non-Conforming: when the gender expression does not conform to mainstream society’s expectations. It is neither clearly feminine nor clearly masculine. Transgender: A broad word for someone who’s gender identity does not match their sex assigned at birth. This can represent transsexuals, gender queers, and people who identify with more than one gender. Transsexual: A person who lives and/or identifies as a different sex from the one assigned at birth. This process of changing gender presentation can represent changing their gender with hormone treatments or surgery.
  2. 2.  Many people in today’s society mock this or think that transsexual people are not normal consider the following › You are born one sex per your genitals but psychologically you are the opposite sex › You are made fun of because you look like a particular sex but you act like another sex › The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), uses the diagnose for Transsexuals as having GID or gender identity disorder › It cost thousands of dollars to make changes to your gender and may not be an option for all who have DSM › If hormone treatment or surgery are an option it is time consuming, there are health risks, and involves a lengthy process › Without surgery many transsexuals go through intensive retraining on how to walk and talk and present themselves as their preferred gender › Let’s not forget the side effects or hormones or surgery, the emotional affect, and the physical affects › It is difficult for transsexual people to access many services such as: rape crisis centers, emergency medical care, homeless or violence shelters, these are all segregated by sex.
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  4. 4.  What if you were attracted to someone of the same sex? What if you were attracted to both sexes? Do Societal norms make it right or wrong? Does religion have a right to restrict or change the way we think of sexual orientation?
  5. 5.  Asexual: someone that does not experience sexual attraction either for a period of time or ever Bisexual: when someone is romantically/sexually attracted to both men and woman, though not necessarily at the same time Gay/Homosexual: when you are attracted romantically/sexually to someone of the same sex this is often used exclusively for males but can be used when referring to woman Lesbian: women who are attracted romantically/sexually to women Pansexual: when you are attracted to people across a range of genders often used to describe a transgender, gender queer, or people that are attracted to transgender or gender queers. Straight/Heterosexual: when you are attracted romantically/sexually to the opposite sex
  6. 6.  Social Impact/Physical Impact – think about… › Coming out to yourself and your family and friends and the world › Religious beliefs › Societal expectations › The emotional impact of dealing with your feelings, the feelings of your family, the world and societal expectations › Do we have right to happiness and social/emotional well being regardless of our sexual orientation
  7. 7.  Let’s think about the emotional feelings that may be affected › Actually acting upon this, many feel they should hide these feelings or suppress them to fit into the societal norms › Religious views › Coming out to yourself, family, friends, the world › People assume you are confused and need to find the right person (mostly meaning the opposite sex)
  8. 8.  Where do societal norms come from: › Religious beliefs › Family beliefs › Traditions
  9. 9.  When you are Gay, Lesbian, Transsexual, Bisexual or Gender Queer does religion have the right to affect your decisions › It has always been believed that we look to religion as a guidance of how to live our life to the standard they believe is right › We have a right to religion and our sexual orientation › Religion should be between you and God not the man made rules that are stipulated in ones particular religion › Does God not love all? › You have the right to your religion and your beliefs regardless of who tries to prevent this dailyvoiceofreason.blogspot.c
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  11. 11.  Terms that are used for people that fear homosexuals and transsexuals › They lead to laws and practices that deny LGBTQ people legal, religious, and social privileges that heterosexuals take for granted: marriage, filing joint taxes, coverage under the same health coverage. › They lead to discrimination of he LGBTQ community which includes: housing, jobs, and police brutality
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