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We all look for acceptance and comfort when coping with rejection One may go through so much dealing with challenges for being different or anything that deviates from the hereto-normative and the difficulties it comes along with Being criticized judged and not accepted may not come easily we all want to be accepted for who we are We know ourselves more than anyone and sometimes finding your escape from reality the best way to overcome these obstacles and find acceptance within yourself For some an escape from reality can really help define who you are to yourself whether its through music art meditation or even through writing such as Richard Blanco did Growing up Blanco was verbally abused by his grandmother for being gay although he went through a very rough childhood growing up it shaped him to be the person and writer he is today In the essay Making a Man Out of Me Blanco describes what it was like growing up with a grandmother who is homophobic and how difficult it was for him to come out to be who he is because he knew his grandmother would not be accepting to his sexual gender of preference Gender roles according to cultural norms all male and females and heterosexuality is the normal sexual orientation and early conceptions of identity were based on assumptions that one is born with a certain sex and to be attracted to opposite sex Blanco faced an abuse from his grandmother that he is still affects his personality today According to his grandmother he didnt do anything the right which made him afraid to do or saying anything Blanco was ashamed ashamed of being himself You will never find happiness if you are living up to someones expectation even if your family wants you to be something that you are not you will be living a false life Culture is influenced by social norms Some people have a
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