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Is It a Boy or a Girl On the surface people tend to look at gender as a very defineable yes or no matter and fail to see the variations that exist Underneath the surface there exists a minority group who experience gender dysphoria unhappiness or discomfort experienced by one whose sexual organs do not match ones gender identity So unless there exists an absolute distinction between identifying male from female then classifying a transgender female as male is a product of gender identification composed of personal and social identity Gender Identity is a learned self-perception a self-identification Learned because essentially the person experiencing frustration with their labeled gender goes through a sort of trial-and-error process For example if as male an individual feels dissatisfaction they try out the opposite gender and may learn that as female they live a better life According to Anne Vitales article Notes On Gender Transition these people explore in the opposite genders and find that living as the other sex gives them more satisfaction and acceptance than they have ever felt before So there they remain-a decision consciously made by their own self through analyzing their own emotions Thus by evaluating their self they alone decide their gender However the assumption remains that males and females must display the appropriate sexual characteristics and behaviorism that corresponds to their biology Meaning those who are biologically labeled female or male must live by the rules and expectations that society has established for their appropriate gender Leaving the categories at just male and female fails to deal with the groups of people who do not fit so nicely into these two gender boxes So then how can one begin to define gender identity According to Dr Dawn R Banks Master thesis entitled A Study of the Components of Gender Identity he states that social identity the genders by which people wish to be accepted in the social world address the need to
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