|A Pace Odyssey||
For much of earth’s history, humans have been divided into two genders: male and female. Now however, more and more people are coming out about the discomfort they feel in the gender they were born with. The technology of today has allowed people not only to dress and act like the opposite gender, but to also become that gender with sex reassignment surgery and hormone therapy. Some families that believe in chosen gender as opposed to assigned have let their children grow up without common stereotypes. Others realize much later that something is wrong with who they are. While some people have a great support system throughout this, others face endless discrimination. The tug of war created by these polarized opinions has been making its way into our every day lives.
Some major establishments such as Target have allowed people to enter the bathroom of the gender they are identifying as at the moment as opposed to the gender they were born with. Because of this, people started boycotting the store. Even though they might not ever know that they were in a bathroom with a person that is transgender, the thought that they could be is frightening to them. The stigma around people that are transgender, especially boy to girl, is very negative and mostly misunderstood. Others argue that the danger is far higher for the people that are transgender. Many of them face criticism and abuse from those around them because of their choices. They are discriminated in their workplaces, places of religion, and in public spaces.
Sometimes the transition is not fully complete and it is very obvious that someone is working toward a gender switch. At this point, do we ignore what we can obviously see and live by what they want us to perceive? What specific rights should be given for those in that position? If we keep that mindset, will the gender lines be blurred completely? Should people have the right to identify as what they want when it differs from the social norm? What do you think about Target's bathroom policy? Do you know anyone that identifies with a different gender than what they were born with?