Gender And Sexuality

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Gender and Sexuality on so Many Levels When the word sexuality or gender are brought up in a conversation, there is always that one person in the group that all of a sudden gets that uncomfortable feeling, and begins to shy away to the corner. Why, do we, as a society and a culture, let ourselves be so confused; and unsure when it comes to these subjects. Are we really that uncomfortable about who we are, and what and what not to do to stay "cool,"� or "socially normal?"� In the United States of America we as the people that govern this country have every, and almost all freedoms that anyone could ask for. Yet time in and time out we jumble so many different ways of life into our own that we forget that we need to live our lives the way that we want, and not the way others want us to.

Society prescribes a set of rules or " roles,"� which consists of how one is supposed to and not supposed to dress, act, think, feel, relate to others, think of oneself, and so on. Based on one's sex whether they have a vagina or a penis. These roles are split and called feminine and masculine. Anyone who does not abide by these so called rules of society may be targeted for mistreatment; ranging from not being included in people's circle of friends, snide comments, verbal and sexual harassment, assault, rape, and murder, based on one persons perception of their gender Sexuality refers to how one thinks of themselves in terms of who they are sexually and romantically attracted to, specifically whether one is attracted to members of the same gender as one's own or the other gender than one's own. Society also makes a set of...