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In 1692 men and women were being hung because they were accused of being witches What was the evidence Well it was what the citizens called unusual behavior A few sick children in Salem Massachusetts went to the doctor and when the doctor couldnt diagnose the children he assumed it was witchcraft When his theory got out rumors spread like wild fire People claiming they saw witches flying through the winter mist So why is it that we arent still hanging people Of course now you and I know that what the children probably had was a case of the flu The difference between us and the citizens of Salem is that we have the facts about medicine that they didnt The moral being you should know the facts before making any decisions because in the end you may be the one who looks unjust Everyone in this room has experienced some degree of gender assignment For those of you who dont know Gender assignment refers to the decision made to designate a newborn as either male or female Along with the assignment you receive societys expectations of who you should be This would be your gender role Ordinarily most people experience themselves as male or female and express themselves in ways accepted by society Childrens psychological development including their senses of gender and of identity depend on how they interact with care givers in the first years of life Some of these may be that women should not play football and men should have short hair It has been proven that constant blows to the chest may result in breast cancer This is an empathic reason but whats wrong with men who have long hair Some of these beliefs dont have any facts behind them Many of these beliefs have just been passed down from generation to generation At one point people may have had a reason to follow through on
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