Three Concepts of Social psychology

Essay by Natalied4260University, Master'sB, May 2004

download word file, 4 pages 3.8 1 reviews

Essay #1 / Gender Identity

Schwartz, P., & Rutter, V. (2000), The Gender of Sexuality, The Gender Lens, (1), 32-35.

The concept I have chosen to critically evaluate is gender identity, which means it is a person's self-perception of their internalized gender. In today's world this may even start to become untruth. I am a research assistant for a Professor in the Nursing Department, and my job is to put together a survey for the transgender community to evaluate their health concerns and needs. On this survey I ask "What do you believe your internal gender to be?" and some of the options are male, female, androgynous, asexual, and gender queer. It is amazing in today's society we are even going past the social construct and making newfound gender categories. In lecture we talked about how sex determines sex at the time of conception, at age 2 we label our self's as male or female, at age 5 we learn gender-appropriate behavior and stereotypes, and at age 12+ we mix and match stereotypes.

In the source material I have chosen it states that social science is at the center of diversity, and continuously views the changes in human behavior. They also state that it may be far more than the truth to say, "there are as many sexualities as there are people in today's world". How true is that statement, remember I am putting together a survey particularly for this population, and by joint effort on both parties, myself and the transgender community, we have found this population already has broken the mold from the traditional male or female, and are forming their own.

This area is of great interest to me personally, due to the fact I myself am a male to female transsexual. I remember at the age...