Gender Identity Essay

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Gender Identity ***This tutorial can be used as a guide in constructing an A+ assignment. Please follow as a guide and do not submit as your own original work.*** Gender identity is one’s sense of being either male or female. Although assumed to be designated by a child’s sex assignment at birth, gender identity can occasionally be hindered by hormonal errors during the fetus development stage. Further complications with gender identification may also continue later as internal conflict occurs between one’s physical sexual genitalia and the inner sexual self (Rathus, Nevid & Fichner-Rathus, 2005). While the majority of the human race has no confusion about their anatomical sex based on physical traits which identify us as male or female, gender identity is how we perceive ourselves and to what extent this perception defines us as an individual. Anatomic sex is generally evident to the child who is 18 months of age who recognizes himself as having a penis or she as having female genitals. In addition, by age three most children have also developed a clear and strong sense of their gender identity (Rathus, Nevid & Fichner-Rathus, 2005). This identification comes as a result of nurture in great part as nature has already played its part in our development. Society tends to frown on stereotyping. However, stereotypes play a significant role in one’s sense of gender identity. In describing a man you are more likely to use words such as aggressive, strong and courageous. In contrast, while describing a female we tend to use descriptive such as gentle, warm and sensitive. While the practice of assigning stereotypical definitions to the sexes is the social norm this also opens the door for negative side effects when examining these defining traits from a more realistic approach (Rathus, Nevid & Fichner-Rathus, 2005). We have all

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