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Copy of Copy of SOC: Sex and Sexuality

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Sex and Sexuality Sociology 2231 Transgender, gay and lesbian Introduction Transgender, gay, and lesbian Physical Appearance Toddlers and Tiaras Thomas Beatie Throughout this presentation, I will be explaining different aspects of transgender, gay and lesbian people and how physical appearance can make an impact on an individual. I will be providing many different examples along with images during the presentation. Real Life Barbie: Valeria Lukyanova - 59% of lesbians, gays,bisexuals
and transgender high school students said to be verbally harassed, compared to 7% of students who are not lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender.

- 25% of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender students have said to be physically harassed due to their sexual orientation, compared to 8% of students who are heterosexual. Interesting Statistics about verbal/physical harassment SURVEY I formulated a survey to question a dozen young teenagers between ages eleven to thirteen years old (girls and boys) in order to comprehend the reasoning in feeling different, which would lead to bullying (whether you are gay, lesbian, or transgender). The three questions were the following:

1.Are you aware of any bullying occurring at school? (Physically and verbally)
2.Is physical appearance important to you?
3.On a scale from 1-10, how important does your physical look matter to you? Since retrieving the results, I noticed many similarities and differences amongst these young generations. What I found most interesting was how the majority of them had answered that physical appearance does not have great importance to them; however, it contrasted with the following questions. When asked on a scale from 1-10, how important physical look mattered, almost all answered a high range of 7-10. This comes to show that unconsciously, the overall appearance of a person truly matters in terms of how the person will be portrayed in life. As a result, if an individual does not feel they have reached this goal of having all the right attributes, they are considered to be “different”. As mentioned previously, feeling “different” can be an indication of being an outcast and sometimes due to being homosexual, which in most cases are led to bullying. Personal critical response from survey Many people battling in determining their sexuality often question themselves if they are born being homosexual or if they were biologically destined to be gay at birth. The overall physical look plays an important role in order to determine an individual's gender. Their appearance and personality typically causes people to bully them. For this reason, I decided to create a survey in order to determine if appearance really does matter? Personal critical response about transgender, gays, and lesbians 4/10 surveyed students answered the following: Student #2
1.“Yes, I do see it often. But mostly verbally.”
2.“It is to me because I’m insecure about my physical look.”
3.7-10
Student 3
1.”Yes, I see bullying happen physically and verbally.”
2.”No it isn’t, because it’s what inside that counts”
3.5-10
Student 5
1.“I see bullying a lot, but it’s always verbally.”
2.“Depends.”
3. 6.5-10 Andrej Pejic Stav Strashko Stav Stashko Controversial Commercial Valeria Lukyanova Again, beauty seems to be a dominating factor
in today’s society. Every human being on this planet is influenced by beauty whether it is from commercials, any type of media, someone walking down the street etc. Stav Stashko The last example is model Stav Strashko who again has both male and female characteristics. I will show a short commercial in the project that Strashko is portrayed as a female in a bikini modeling a Japanese car, however near the end of the video there is a frontal view of him without a bikini top which clearly identifies him as being a male since he has no breasts. The story line behind the advertisement of the car and the androgynous model is quoted “Not in trend, not casual, not for everyone.” With no surprise, this commercial created quite the stir since Strashko is meant to be depicted as a female. However, the frontal view informs us that he is a male. As a viewer, you begin to think why they chose to depict a male model to represent a female and if they only made this commercial to create controversy in which would raise more awareness to sell the car? Conclusion Many studies are done to determine whether the individual is homosexual or heterosexual. We begin to wonder if it is a biological issue, if it is the way a person is brought up and/or the environment in which they live. In my personal opinion, all previous aspects mentioned play a part in an individual being homosexual. In the novel “The Bully Society” by Jessie Klein, it states: “Gay and lesbian students take a big risk if they come out in the majority of schools, which are generally homophobic.” Another novel called “Erotic’s And Politics” by Tim Edwards also mentions: “Homosexuality is perceived to be a ‘problem’ for society. Similarly, society is perceived to be a ‘problem’ for homosexuals and homosexuality.” Later in the presentation, I will elaborate a little about school issues amongst young teenagers.

According to Stanford’s University’s research about the biological basis of homosexuality, research has come up with numerous interesting aspects. Studies show that homosexuality tends to run in families and it is common for there to be many gay and lesbian people in the family. Another research also shows that the DNA of an individual can sometimes determine the sexual behavior of a person. This DNA has identified a general location of a “gay gene”, however, “there is some indication that genes located elsewhere may have a similar effect on sexual orientation”. This gene is located on the tip of the X chromosome, which is brought on by the mother. RELIGION Society from the twenty-first century is more accepting when it comes to homosexuality, however, there are still issues that need to be resolved. Religion also plays an important part in homosexuality since they do not accept this lifestyle. As a homosexual individual, religion is one of the biggest reasons for admitting you are gay or a lesbian since you are perceived as committing a sin. Research shows that Christians, condemn any homosexual behavior, which again is a difficult obstacle in admitting being homosexual. Many religions often categorize homosexual acts as being “unnatural”, “ungodly”, and “impure” and this is another reason a homosexual individual tries to exclude religion out of the factor. In this section, I included an example from the TLC show
“Toddler’s And Tiaras”, where young girls dress and act like
young adults. This show is a perfect example because the
meaning of “Toddler’s and Tiaras” is how appearance plays a very
important part of one’s life. People do not want to be perceived in a
negative manner; therefore, they use their appearance to be portrayed
as a “normal” person. However, these children grow up learning that
physical appearances are everything and a person needs to fit this
description of “perfection” in order to be accepted in society, which
could perhaps lead to bullying. Mothers condition their children at a young age to always look the best, act the best and receive nothing but the best, which in my personal opinion, is not always the greatest strategy in
teaching your child good life morals. It is easy to assume that this child
will either grow up having high self-esteem or a very low self esteem. This section of the presentation is about beauty and how it impacts society. A research has shown that a woman will spend an average of $13 000 in her lifetime according to an online article. It was said that 70% of women refuse to leave the house without a makeup application and that 68% said that makeup makes them feel more confident. Media also plays a very important role when it comes to physical appearance and overall look of an individual. For instance, fashion, films, and commercials all play important factors in our society today. In the next few slides, I will be introducing three people that physical appearance is the biggest factor in their lives; Valeria Lukyanova, known as “Real Life Barbie”, Andrej Pejic and Stav Strashko. The “Real Life Barbie” is a twenty-one year old female, Valeria Lukyanova from Russia that has undergone surgery in order to look like a real Barbie. Her tiny waist and larger breasts appear as non-realistic and makes us wonder if she is real or fake. It is hard to believe that a person can function with such a small waist and be able to walk with a not-so-proportioned body like hers. Model Andrej Pejic is said to be androgynous with both male and female characteristics. Pejic is a nineteen-year-old Serbian boy that models for big names such as Marc Jacobs, French, Italian and Turkish Vogue. “He has Cindy Crawford’s face and Kate Moss’ body” with long blond voluptuous hair, which would be easy to believe he is a she. It is shocking at first glance because his features resemble female characteristics to a tee and when he models without a shirt, it creates controversy. A bookseller, Barnes & Noble and Borders, literally “censored the cover of a magazine that showed model Andrej Pejic without a shirt.” For some people seeing Andrej Pejic without a shirt seems wrong and erotic because they believe he is female, however, it raises questions as to why it would be censored since he is male. Has society completely abolished any types of frontal nudity for both male and a female to appear as being wrong? This article is a good example that people do believe it is wrong and that it should not be advertised in this manner. Andrej Pejic Thomas Beatie is a transgender male who preserved his female reproductive organs and conceived his first child in 2007. Beatie and his family gained recognition because his life is very unusual since his wife did not conceive the child. It was said that his wife at the time, Nancy, had a hysterectomy and was unable to be pregnant. According to an interview that was posted online, he was asked if he was changing his gender back and forth in order to suit himself. Thomas Beatie answered very clearly that his “gender was constant- I am male. Even when I was a female, I identified with the male gender” Pregnant Man: Thomas Beatie All in all, in today’s society we are progressing in terms of being more accepting towards homosexuals and
their decisions. We also see how physical appearances can altar an individual and their way of thinking. Sadly, in today’s society there is too much emphasis on physical appearance that people feel they have to look a certain way in order to “conform to the norm”. We are all individuals, and what a sad and bleak
world it would be if everybody looked
the same. Works Cited Websites
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Klein, Jessie. "Gay Bashing." The Bully Society: School Shootings and the Crisis of Bullying in America's Schools. New York: New York UP, 2012. 90. Print.
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