Sex Vs. Gender Sexis based on a person’s biological features Gender is used in different ways: Gender roles – behavioral characteristics considered “masculine” or “feminine” Gender identity – internal sense of ourselves as man, woman, or transgender
Gender Our race, class, geograp hical, physical, and sexual identities affect and shape our gender and may change over time. It may not remain the same from birth to death.
Gender Identity There are new terms that fall outside the two gender categories our society has traditionally recognized: man and woman Transgender – a person who identifies with or expresses a gender identity that differs from the one which corresponds to the persons sex at birth Transsexual - a person who strongly identifies with the opposite sex and may seek to live as a member of this sex especially by undergoing surgery and hormone therapy to obtain the necessary physical appearance
Sexual Orientation Our gender is about who we are; our sexual orientation is about whom we find attractive. Howwe identify our gender influences how we name our sexuality, and whom we are attracted to may change throughout our lives.
Types of Orientation Straight/ Heterosexual – women who are sexually attracted to men and men who are sexually attracted to women Gay/ Homosexual – women who are sexually attracted to women and men who are sexually attracted to men Lesbian – woman who is sexually attracted to women Bisexual – people who are sexually attracted to men and women Asexual – someone who is not experiencing or acting on sexual attraction at a give time Pansexual – someone who is attracted to people across the range of genders
Confusion Corrected Sometimes gender identity and sexual orientation are confused and stereotypes are formed Being lesbian or bisexual does not mean our gender looks or feels a certain way
Coming out is the process of acceptingand affirming our sexual orientation orgender identity and deciding how openwe will be about it.
Coming Out Letting other people know that we identify as lesbian, bisexual, queer, or transgender can be one of the most challenging and life-changing decisions we face. Itmay cause several problems concerning losing friends, jobs, and family, but it can also be a liberating experience.
Homophobia Homophobia – the fear and hatred of homosexuality or gay, lesbian, or bisexual people It puts people at risk for discrimination, harassm ent, rejection, or violence in everyday interactions with others and can affect one’s own acceptance of who they are.
Heterosexism Heterosexism – the assumption that heterosexuality is the only normal orientation Itdenies legal, religious, and social privileges to others It can occur on an interpersonal level in which family and friends may accept you but may not accept others
Transphobia Transphobia – the fear and hatred of transgender or transsexual people. Itinvolves more than just a slanderous terms uttered. It has to do with those who do not fit the norm of man or woman having trouble going out in public.
My Opinions! Liked Did not like That it is difficult for people to come out I dislike the idea of to others heterosexism, Sex and gender are transphobia, and often confused…I had not known they homophobia. I were different! think that it is I found it interesting wrong to to know that there discriminate others was a difference between based on gender transgender and or sexual transsexual orientation.
What do you think? Why does society find it difficult to accept genders other than male or female? Why do some people not accept other genders?