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Gender and Sexual Orientation

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Such a system that works even in the earliest days of the boy’s development is something that reflects the sad state of today’s society. The readings in this section also made me ponder about the upbringings of a male relative. I have a distant male cousin who lived in a farm with his family. Their family rarely goes out of the countryside and when we came to visit, my cousin would often be forbidden from playing with us, because he had to learn to be a man and the process of doing so does not allow for playing. In addition, during a time when my cousin fell and broke an arm, he was not allowed to cry or else he would be called a sissy. From these, I realized that somehow, there is a burden among males to conform to the society’s definition of what a male is.Still, the fact that males have to be “boxed-in” into a certain criteria before they can even begin to feel “macho” is rather absurd. Thus, I believe that in this sense, females are a little bit luckier. Indeed, although females have their own stereotypes that they have to fall into, they are freer in discovering their identities because societal norms allow then to reveal much more emotions than those permitted for males. Females are also now given more flexibility in the choice of the roles they want to play in the society, wherein they can now function in roles that were previously exclusively dominated by males. It is also sad to realize that as developments can be observed in the world’ perception of females, the males’ perception of themselves remained the same. Therefore, improvement is need so that males may be able as well to create more flexible definitions of flexibility.The video on 30 Days “A Straight Man in a Gay World” is an interesting film. I have known long before that the arguments against being gay stems from the verses in the bible, but I did not realized how close-minded religious people can be when it comes to homosexuality. Granted, some homosexuals are rather too liberated for my taste but I believe that they do not deserve to be condemned to hell or ostracized. Indeed, I was struck by the statement of a Pastor, wherein he said that “all homosexuals are going to hell, and they deserved to be informed that they are going to Hell”. This same pastor, who is supposed to be a holy man stated that “Homosexuality is not a civil right. It is a monstrous sin against God
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