Homophobia and Hate Crimes as a Result Essay

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Homophobia and Hate Crimes as a Result




Essay # 1 final draft
Feb. 3, 2000
There are many definitions of gender in society today, and there are many reasons for
these different definitions. To every person gender may have a different meaning
depending on personal experiences or depending on how they choose to view it. I tend to
lean towards the more typical definition of gender. I see gender as a way of categorizing
people by their actions and or physical appearance.

Gender is an issue brought up a lot in today’s society, and has been an issue for
many years. Issues such as whether or not women can do the same jobs as well as men, or
whether or not women are as smart as men comes up a lot in discussions about gender. In
my opinion anyone can do anything they set their minds to whether they be male or female.
It is obvious that men and women are different physically, but there is no scientific
evidence that says that men are smarter or more superior than women in anyway. This image
of women being inferior is slowly disappearing and will hopefully someday be non-existent.

I am a very sensitive person and people may attribute that to me being of the female
gender, but in reality it doesn’t have to be that way. People are branded as
feminine or masculine by their actions, their emotions, and their physical traits. I find
myself defining gender along with society. I myself have stated many times how for
instance, women body builders have very masculine builds. I have also made many other
similar comments conforming to the way society stereotypes femininity and masculinity. I
have never sat back and tried to think of what it would be like if women typically were


very muscular like a bodybuilder. Would the bodybuilding men be considered “very
feminine looking”? Society stereotypes people in this way because it is a way to
categorize and define people. By saying a woman is masculine it is insinuating that their
physical build is not that of the “typical” female. Society’s typical
female is definitely evolving, and has come along way but has a long way to go still.

Femininity to me is a way to state that a female is very old fashioned. If someone said
to me, “she looks so girlie” my first thought would be the girl in question is
wearing some little pink dress with lace or something frilly. I think this, because I
don’t think of a modern woman when someone refers to someone as feminine. I also
usually think of femininity as a way to describe someone is wearing or how they are
acting. A very feminine person to me would be very reserved with very old-fashioned
morals, and I may refer to someone of that description as being “girlie” as
well. So, in my opinion if someone said that I was a girlie person. I wouldn’t
take it as a complement because it really isn’t the ideal definition for a woman of
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